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A 16 million pixel camera takes some of the sharpest galaxy pictures you’ve ever seen

The Lowell Observatory’s newest toy, the Discovery Channel Telescope, has finally gone online — and they’ve released super-snazzy pictures of three of our favorite galaxies to celebrate. Above is M109, a barred spiral galaxy 84 million light years from Earth. And the other two great galaxy pictures, showing the Sombrero Galaxy and the Whirlpool Galaxy.

[Discovery News, via MSNBC]