The bright inner ring of Messier 94 is identified as a “starburst ring” because of the high quantity of star formation that happens in this confined area.
The outer ring – seen here in a deep blue glow – might be more of an optical illusion. This picture of Messier 94 shows us more clearly that we are seeing two separate spiral arms which appear to be a single, unbroken ring.
In between the starburst ring and the deep blue outer ring is Messier 94’s disk, marked here with a green dust. These arcs can also appear like separate rings, however, they are actually tightly wound spiral arcs.
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