Haunting new Hubble image shows a galaxy being ripped to shreds

There's a spiral galaxy located 200 million light years from here that's not doing so well. See those intense blue streaks streaming away from it? Those are hot young stars that are being torn away from the galaxy by its surroundings as it moves through space. » 3/04/14 1:20pm 3/04/14 1:20pm

NASA says NGC 6872 is the largest spiral galaxy ever discovered

Located about 212 million light-years from Earth, the massive spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has been known to astronomers for decades. But it wasn't until a recent survey of nearby star-forming regions that NASA scientists realized just how big it truly is. New data shows that, from tip-to-tip across its two outsized spiral… » 1/11/13 7:20am 1/11/13 7:20am