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I want to live in this galaxy

The Milky Way is kind of nice-looking, but for sheer aesthetic appeal, you can’t beat the Sombrero Galaxy. NASA just put up some new pictures of it taken using the Hubble telescope:

The galaxy’s hallmark is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising the spiral structure of the galaxy.

Now that is a stylin’ piece of cosmos. You can go here for a full-screen view, or if you really want to zoom in and see close detail, view an enormous 7.12-meg JPEG file. It’s about four feet tall and eight feet wide, but you can move it around onscreen to look at the amazing tendrils of stars.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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