Behold the coiled beauty of this snake-like galaxy 80 million light-years from Earth

A spiral galaxy is curled up like a sleeping serpent in a striking new image from the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

ALMA’s high altitude of 16,500 feet (5,000 meters) and extremely dry climate in Chile’s Atacama Desert provide an excellent vantage point for the observatory’s 66 radio telescopes to penetrate the heavens.

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