TOP TEN SPACE PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008

TOP SPACE PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008
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6. New Picture of the Pinwheel Galaxy

An image released by NASA in April shows baby stars taking shape in the Southern Pinwheel galaxy.

Embryonic stars were found to be growing in the galaxy's spindly arms (shown in red), rather than in its bright heart.

Scientists at the time described the find as "absolutely stunning," because it was believed that such outlying sections of galaxies lacked the necessary materials for star formation.

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—Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/VLA/MPIA
 
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