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Hubble Space Telescope’s cosmic birdwatching finds a crane

The Hubble Space Telescope captured the spiral galaxy NGC 7496 24 million light-years from Earth. (Image credit: NASA/ESA)

Birds of a feather may flock together here on Earth, but our avian friends are also well represented in the night sky as constellations named after winged creatures both real and imaginary. 

Take, for example, this recent image captured by NASA and ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 7496 in the constellation Grus, which is the Latin name for crane.  

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