I've posted images of Messier 82 before, with its neighbor and gravitational battle partner M81, but it definitely deserves its own entry.
Those red plumes are just hydrogen, apparently in a bad mood.
Image credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: J. Gallagher (University of Wisconsin), M. Mountain (STScI) and P. Puxley (NSF).
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