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NGC 6956 is a barred spiral galaxy with a yellowish center and two primary arms spiraling away from the barred middle. The background is deep black with isolated stars and a few small galaxies. In the middle third, the arms are yellowish with dark red, irregular streaks throughout. As the arms reach the outer third of the galaxy, they turn blue. Subscribe to Deep Space Opera Newsletter!

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Image credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jones (University of California, Santa Cruz); Processing: Gladys Kober (NASA/Catholic University of America). Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

— Ray N. Franklin