This beautiful clump of glowing gas, dark dust and glittering stars is a spiral galaxy located about 24 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs).
July 30 | 2017
This image comes from the Hubble Space Telescope's first ultraviolet “atlas,” a survey of 50 nearby star-forming galaxies. Astronomers studying this sample are exploring how massive stars form and evolve within such galaxies and this study can help us to piece together the star-formation history of the Universe. Image credit: NASA/ESA