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X-ray Astronomy Field Guide: Normal Galaxies & Starburst Galaxies
Chandra Images by Category: Normal Galaxies & Starburst Galaxies

-Images of spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies that show X-ray sources associated with collapsed stars and star formation.

14 Aug 14
A supernova in the galaxy M82 about 11.4 million light years from Earth.
02 Jul 14
Messier 106, is located about 23 million light years from Earth.
03 Jun 14
A spiral galaxy located about 30 million light years from Earth.
30 May 14
Four elliptical galaxies with very low levels of star formation.
30 May 14
Four elliptical galaxies with very low levels of star formation.
30 May 14
Four elliptical galaxies with very low levels of star formation.
30 May 14
Four elliptical galaxies with very low levels of star formation.
23 Apr 14
Four images of galaxies that have been made using data from both amateur and professional telescopes.
23 Apr 14
Four images of galaxies that have been made using data from both amateur and professional telescopes.
23 Apr 14
Four images of galaxies that have been made using data from both amateur and professional telescopes.
28 Oct 13
An assortment of images from Chandra’s public repository.
24 Sep 13
A galaxy about 54 million light years from Earth.
14 Aug 13
A giant cloud of superheated gas that is likely caused by a collision between galaxies.
12 Jun 13
A spiral galaxy located 2.5 million light years from our own.
30 Apr 13
A pair of colliding spiral galaxies about 330 million light years from Earth.
13 Dec 12
This composite image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3627, located about 30 million light years from Earth.
06 Dec 12
A ring galaxy about 157 million light years from Earth.
24 Sep 12
An enormous halo of hot gas (in blue) around the Milky Way galaxy with a radius of at least 300,000 light years.
30 Jul 12
A young supernova remnant in the spiral galaxy M83, which is located about 15 million light years from Earth.
24 May 12
A spiral galaxy located about 21 million light years from Earth.
09 May 12
Galaxies produce fewer stars than galaxies with less active black holes.
30 Apr 12
A spiral galaxy located about 15 million light years from Earth.
27 Jul 11
lenticular galaxy located about 32 million light years from Earth.
09 Feb 11
A galaxy about 430 million light years from Earth.
13 Jan 11
A starburst galaxy located about 12 million light years from Earth.
10 Jan 11
A dwarf starburst galaxy about 30 million light years from Earth.
20 Dec 10
A galaxy 1.1 billion light years away from Earth.
05 Aug 10
A pair of colliding galaxies about 62 million light years from Earth.
25 May 10
A supermassive black hole in the center of Andromeda
29 Apr 10
The nearest starburst galaxy to Earth at a distance of 12 million light years.
17 Feb 10
One of six galaxies in a study to examine properties of Type Ia supernovas.
17 Feb 10
One of six galaxies in a study to examine properties of Type Ia supernovas.
17 Feb 10
One of six galaxies in a study to examine properties of Type Ia supernovas.
17 Feb 10
One of six galaxies in a study to examine properties of Type Ia supernovas.
17 Feb 10
One of six galaxies in a study to examine properties of Type Ia supernovas.
17 Feb 10
One of six galaxies in a study to examine properties of Type Ia supernovas.
04 Jan 10
An elliptical galaxy in the Fornax cluster that contains an ultraluminous X-ray source.
10 Dec 09
A pair of colliding galaxies at a distance of about 180 million light years from Earth.
10 Nov 09
The core of the Milky Way at a distance of some 26,000 light years from Earth.
06 Oct 09
A galaxy about 330 million light years from Earth.
22 Sep 09
A 400 by 900 light-year mosaic of images located about 26,000 light years from Earth.
29 Apr 09
A ridge-like structure near the center of the Milky Way of X-ray emission discovered by earlier telescopes.
10 Feb 09
A face-on spiral galaxy about 22 million light years from Earth.
27 Jan 09
The largest region of star formation in the nearby galaxy M33
24 Nov 08
A large spiral galaxy about 25 million light years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
13 Nov 08
A massive elliptical galaxy about 55 million light years away in the Virgo Cluster.
16 Jul 08
The elliptical galaxy NGC 4649 reveals diffuse hot gas dotted with many point-like sources.
18 Jun 08
A spiral galaxy located about 12 million light years from Earth.
10 Jan 08
A sample of nine galaxies each containing supermassive black holes in their centers.
10 Jan 08
A sample of nine galaxies each containing supermassive black holes in their centers.
10 Jan 08
A sample of nine galaxies each containing supermassive black holes in their centers.
10 Jan 08
A sample of nine galaxies each containing supermassive black holes in their centers.
10 Dec 07
A spiral galaxy 31 million light years from Earth.
17 Oct 07
A binary system in the galaxy M33 where a large companion star is in orbit around a black hole.
22 May 07
Also known as M31 and the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way.
30 Apr 07
Sombrero (M104) is one of the largest galaxies in the nearby Virgo cluster, about 28 million light years from Earth.
12 Apr 07
Observations of the galaxy NGC 1365 have captured an eclipse of the supermassive black hole at its center.
10 Apr 07
A spiral galaxy about 25 million light years from Earth, also known as M106.
03 Jan 07
Astronomers have found a black hole where few thought they could ever exist, inside a globular star cluster.
05 Jun 06
This color-coded Chandra image shows the central region of the Andromeda Galaxy.
24 Apr 06
A galaxy 12 million light years from Earth that is undergoing a burst of star formation.
24 Apr 06
An elliptical galaxy 55 million light years away.
24 Apr 06
A large elliptical galaxy in the Centaurus Galaxy Cluster
24 Apr 06
An elliptical galaxy 55 million light years away.
24 Apr 06
An elliptical galaxy 55 million light years away.
24 Apr 06
An elliptical galaxy 55 million light years away.
24 Apr 06
An elliptical galaxy 146 million light years away.
06 Mar 06
This X-ray/optical composite image shows multimillion degree gas rising above the disk of stars and cooler gas.
03 Feb 06
A massive spiral galaxy about 100 million light years from Earth.
11 Jan 06
A ring galaxy 400 million light years from Earth.
10 Jan 06
An elliptical galaxy 192 million light years away.
10 Jan 06
An elliptical galaxy 253 million light years away.
10 Jan 06
An elliptical galaxy 65 million light years away.
10 Jan 06
An elliptical galaxy 234 million light years away.
10 Jan 06
An elliptical galaxy 251 million light years away.
10 Jan 06
An elliptical galaxy 102 million light years away.
07 Apr 05
Observations of an ancient galaxy group in which the large galaxies merged to form one central giant galaxy.
22 Mar 05
An Ultraluminous X-ray Source in the Spiral Galaxy M74
25 Jan 05
A starburst galaxy located in galaxy cluster Abell 1367, about 300 million light years away.
26 Oct 04
A large, elliptical galaxy about 300 million light years from Earth.
01 Mar 04
A possible new class of X-ray sources.
01 Mar 04
A possible new class of X-ray sources.
01 Mar 04
A possible new class of X-ray sources.
01 Mar 04
A possible new class of X-ray sources.
07 Jan 04
This montage of Chandra images shows a pair of interacting galaxies known as The Antennae.
06 Jan 04
A galaxy being ripped apart as it races at 4.5 million miles per hour.
08 Dec 03
Elliptical galaxy NGC 4261 reveals dozens of black holes and neutron stars.
28 Oct 03
A series of Chandra observations of the spiral galaxy NGC 1637.
01 Oct 03
Image of M86 shows gas being swept out of the galaxy to form a long tail more than 200,000 light years in length.
03 Sep 03
Two galaxies in the Virgo galaxy cluster that are more than 100,000 light years apart.
27 May 03
Two galaxies categorized as Ultra-Luminous X-ray sources (ULXs).
19 Feb 03
A spiral galaxy about 55 million light years from Earth.
22 Jan 03
A spiral galaxy 12 million light years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.
18 Dec 02
NGC 1700 may be the result of a merger of two smaller galaxies.
19 Nov 02
An extremely luminous galaxy about 400 million light years from Earth.
22 Oct 02
An elliptical galaxy located about 80 million light years from Earth in the Constellation Cetus.
23 Jul 02
A dwarf galaxy approximately 7 million light years from Earth.
02 Jul 02
A pair of galaxies about 30 million light years from Earth.
04 Jun 02
The elliptical galaxy NGC 4649 reveals diffuse hot gas dotted with many point-like sources.
04 Jun 02
The elliptical galaxy NGC 1553 reveals diffuse hot gas dotted with many point-like sources.
04 Jun 02
The elliptical galaxy NGC 4697 reveals diffuse hot gas dotted with many point-like sources.
07 May 02
Arp 270 shows two galaxies about 90 million light years from Earth in the early stage of a merger.
19 Apr 02
Arp 220 gives new insight into what happens when two galaxies the size of the Milky Way collide.
09 Jan 02
A 400 by 900 light-year mosaic of images located about 25,000 light years from Earth.
09 Jan 02
Observations of a region of the Galactic Center found an X-ray filament and cloud.
19 Dec 01
Chandra's image of the elliptical NGC 4636 shows spectacular symmetric arms, or arcs, of hot gas.
12 Oct 01
Chandra and Hubble Space Telescope images of two recently detected emitting globular star clusters.
09 Aug 01
A portion of the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy in the constellation Scutum.
19 Jul 01
A spiral galaxy about 25 million light years from Earth.
05 Jun 01
This Chandra X-ray image shows the central regions of two colliding galaxies known collectively as "The Antennae."
05 Jun 01
This Chandra image shows a population of point-like "ultraluminous" X-ray sources in M82.
05 Jun 01
A plume of 5 million degree gas in the central region of the galaxy extending above and below the disk of the galaxy.
16 Aug 00
Supperbubbles and black holes in colliding galaxies.
14 Jan 00
The nearest starburst galaxy at a distance of 11 million light years from Earth.
14 Jan 00
Our nearest neighbor spiral galaxy at a distance of two million light years.