Galaxy Spiral NGC 1309

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This pinwheel-shaped spiral galaxy was home to a supernova whose light reached Earth in 2002. Scientists are using the supernova burst to measure the expansion rate of the universe.

Release Date: February 7, 2006

Credit: NASAESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and A. Riess (STScI)