Spiral Galaxy NGC 1672
This Hubble Space Telescope view of the nearby barred spiral galaxy NGC 1672 unveils amazing details in the galaxy's star-forming clouds and dark bands of interstellar dust. One of the most striking features is the dust lanes that extend away from the nucleus and follow the inner edges of the galaxy's spiral arms. Clusters of hot young blue stars form along the spiral arms. Delicate curtains of dust partially obscure and redden the light of the stars behind them by scattering blue light. NGC 1672 is located 60 million light-years away in constellation Dorado.
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration