Artist notes:

This galaxy is full of intriguing colors and textures. The entire galaxy is surrounded by a ring of dust. This muted region gives way to bright red star forming regions and the hot blue of young stars. At its core, old yellow stars circle the massive black hole at the center.

Technical details:

Photons captured in Simpson, North Carolina, in May & June 2015. This exposure was collected over a total of 9.8 hours.

This spiral galaxy is about 25 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. The majestic galaxy is nearly 100,000 light-years across, about the size of our own home the Milky Way.

Sunflower Galaxy