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Home This infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows Messier 82, or the “Cigar galaxy,” smothered in smoky dust particles (red) blown out into space by the galaxy’s hot stars (blue). (NASA/JPL-Caltech) This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows Messier 82, or the "Cigar galaxy," smothered in smoky dust particles (red) blown out into space by the galaxy's hot stars (blue). (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows Messier 82, or the “Cigar galaxy,” smothered in smoky dust particles (red) blown out into space by the galaxy’s hot stars (blue). (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows Messier 82, or the "Cigar galaxy," smothered in smoky dust particles (red) blown out into space by the galaxy's hot stars (blue). (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows Messier 82, or the “Cigar galaxy,” smothered in smoky dust particles (red) blown out into space by the galaxy’s hot stars (blue). (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Composite image of the Cigar Galaxy, a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The magnetic field detected by SOFIA, shown as streamlines, appears to follow the bipolar outflows (red) generated by the intense nuclear starburst. (NASA/SOFIA/Enrique Lopez-Rodriguez; NASA/JPL-Caltech)