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M74/NGC628 with JWST MIRI

The nearby spiral galaxy M74 (NGC 628) observed by JWST on July 17, 2022. The color image is a composite of three monochromatic images from the MIRI instrument at wavelengths 7.7, 10, and 11 µm. The striking purple filamentary structures are emission from interstellar dust and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules.

Image credit: Color composite, Gabriel Brammer (Cosmic Dawn Center, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen); Raw data, Janice Lee et al. and the PHANGS-JWST collaboration.