Hubble recently sent back a spectacular image of the nearby spiral galaxy Messier 74.
Messier 74 is an example of a ‘grand design’ spiral galaxy (essentially one with clearly defined spiral arms) that is viewed by Earth observers nearly face-on.
Messier 74 is located roughly 32 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Pisces, the Fish. It is the dominant member of a small group of about half a dozen galaxies, the Messier 74 galaxy group. It is estimated that Messier 74 is home to about 100 billion stars, making it slightly smaller than our Milky Way.