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The beautiful spiral galaxy IC 342 and the mysterious huge bubble

16 Jul 2020, 13:00 UTC
The beautiful spiral galaxy IC 342 and the mysterious huge bubble NASA / ESA / Paul Sell / Judy Schmidt

One of the more interesting galaxies in the sky is IC 342. It’s a face-on spiral, somewhat smaller than the Milky Way, and really there’s nothing in it or about it intrinsically that makes it particularly special compared to so many other galaxies we observe.

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