"Spiral galaxy NGC 7331, located 49 megalight years distant in the constellation Pegasus, is often touted as an analog to our own Milky Way. When we view the ethereal beauty of the object, we are inspired to wonder: what lies within; what mysteries life forms make this island in the cosmos their home?
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Since the galaxy's disk is inclined to our line-of-sight, long telescopic exposures often result in an image that evokes a strong sense of depth. The effect is further enhanced in this well-framed view by the galaxies that lie beyond this beautiful island universe. The background galaxies are about one tenth the apparent size of NGC 7331 and lie roughly ten times farther."