Enlarge / This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features NGC 3783, a bright barred spiral galaxy about 130 million light-years from Earth. (credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. C. Bentz, D. J. V. Rosario)

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Good morning. It’s April 23, and today’s photo comes from the Hubble Space Telescope. It features a lovely, barred spiral galaxy and a photobombing star on the right-hand side of the image.

The galaxy is NGC 3783, which can be found 130 million light years away from Earth. Astronomical distances are all mind-boggling, but to try and put things into perspective, that means this galaxy is about 1,000 times the distance further from us compared to the diameter of our own Milky Way Galaxy. So it’s far, far away.

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