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Messier 82
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Messier 82

April 15, 2005
The upper half of the full GALEX field of view shows the remarkable star forming galaxy M82.

Star formation is so violent in this galaxy that gas and dust is being expelled perpendicular to its disk which we view on its side. Once thought to be an exploding galaxy; the flows are now known to be caused by the supernova explosions from the young stars in this turbulent galaxy.