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First Light: NGC 6070
The large bright galaxy, called NGC 6070, lies in the constellation of
Serpens. It is receding from the Earth with a velocity of about 2000
kilometers per second and is at a distance of over 100 million light
years. The blue light in the galaxy comes from recently formed hot
stars; the yellowish light comes from cooler, older stars. Several
other galaxies are also visible. The point-like images are stars in our
own Milky Way Galaxy.
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