This photo, released by NASA-ESA on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, show the Hubble Space Telescope view of the NCG 3077 galaxy. The dark clumps of material scattered around the bright nucleus are pieces of wreckage from the galaxy's interactions with its larger neighbors. NGC 3077 is a member of the M81 group of galaxies and it resides 12.5 million light-years from Earth. The photo was taken during a detailed survey of nearby galaxies which observed around 14 million stars in 69 galaxies. Some galaxies were found to be full of ancient stars, while others are like sun-making factories. The ancient stars are the fossil equivalents of new stars forming in the far Universe.
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