The Hubble Space Telescope spacecraft detects a crane

The Hubble Space Telescope captured the spiral galaxy NGC 7496 24 million light-years from Earth. (Image Credit: NASA / ESA)

Feather birds can congregate together here on Earth, but our bird friends are also well represented in the night sky as constellations named after winged creatures, both real and imaginary.

Take, for example, this recent image taken by NASA and ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope of the forbidden spiral galaxy NGC 7496 in the constellation Grus, which is the Latin name for a crane.

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