Galactic arms comb ‘Berenice’s Hair’ in gorgeous telescope photo

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A spiral galaxy adorns “Berenice’s Hair” in a striking telescope photo.

Although Charles Messier famously developed a catalog of celestial bodies in the 18th century that includes this galaxy, known formally as NGC 4254, NASA writes that another French astronomer by the name of Pierre Méchain was the one who discovered it, in 1781. But its more well-known observer is the one represented by the spiral galaxy’s popular moniker, Messier 99. 

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