Largest galaxy in the universe brought into sharp relief in stunning new composite image

The galaxy is roughly 522,000 light years across.

This composite image of the giant barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 combines visible light images from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope with far-ultraviolet data from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and infrared data acquired by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/ESO/JPL-Caltech/DSS.