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Mysterious Starburst Unshrouded in Nearby Galaxy


October 21, 2015

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The nearest spiral galaxy with a nuclear starburst is also the site of a long-standing astronomical mystery. Designated NGC 253, or by amateurs as the Silver Dollar Galaxy, the core of this galaxy is so shrouded by gas and dust that the exact location of its core has remained unresolved. Now, thanks to new research, Gemini South infrared data appear to have unambiguously pinpointed the galaxy's core.Full Story

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