An amazing view of the spiral galaxy M83 or otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel galaxy. This view, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, reveals star clusters, thick dust, and hundreds of thousands of individual stars. Vibrant blues and magentas represent this galaxy's abundant star formation. The newest generations of stars in this galaxy are forming on the edges of the spiral dust lanes. These young stellar formations produce huge amounts of ultraviolet light that is absorbed by surrounding diffuse gas clouds, resulting in the beautiful pinkish glow of hydrogen light shown in this mural.
Messier 83 is one of the largest and closest barred spirals to us, lying 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra. Perfect for the astronomy buff or anyone with a fascination of the universe we live in.