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Anne’s Image of Today: Spiral Galaxy NGC 300

8 Jul 2014, 13:20 UTC
Anne’s Image of Today: Spiral Galaxy NGC 300
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July 8, 2014 NGC 300, a spiral galaxy in Sculptor Image Credit & Copyright: ESO NGC 300 is a spiral galaxy that lies around 6.07 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Sculptor, while it is receding from us at about 144 kilometers per second. It is some 47 thousand light-years across, [continue reading]

July 8, 2014
NGC 300, a spiral galaxy in Sculptor

Image Credit & Copyright: ESO
NGC 300 is a spiral galaxy that lies around 6.07 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Sculptor, while it is receding from us at about 144 kilometers per second. It is some 47 thousand light-years across, but Gemini was able to resolve faint stars 47,000 light-years from the galaxy core, giving the galaxy a diameter of at least 94,000 light-years.
It is one of the closest galaxies to the Local Group, and probably lies between us and the Sculptor Group, a nearby group of 13 galaxies. NGC 300 and the irregular galaxy NGC 55 are only a million or so light-years apart, and probably form a gravitationally bound pair. Until recently, they were considered members of the Sculptor Group, but are now known to ...

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