NGC4945: This is a two-panel mosaic (necessary for decent composition of the image) of this relatively nearby galaxy, seen by us nearly edge-on.
This perspective highlights the dark dust lanes, and still shows the bright blue areas of young stars, and pinkish areas of active star-formation (there is so much star-formation in this
galaxy that it is considered to be a "starburst" galaxy). It is thought that the center of this galaxy contains a supermassive black hole.
With a diameter of perhaps 95,000 light years, this galaxy is almost as large as our own Milky Way galaxy; it is about 13 million light years from us.
Copyright 2015 Mark de Regt