NGC 3344 is a glorious spiral galaxy around
half the size of the Milky Way, which lies 25 million
light-years distant. We see NGC 3344 face-on, allowing us to
study its structure in detail. The galaxy features an outer ring
swirling around an inner ring with a subtle bar structure in the
center. The central regions of the galaxy are predominately
populated by young stars, with the galactic fringes also
featuring areas of active star formation.