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Hubble Spots a Swarm of Stars

6 Sep 2019, 14:52 UTC
Hubble Spots a Swarm of Stars ESA/Hubble & NASA; the LEGUS team, B. Tully, D. CalzettiAcknowledgement(s): Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a dwarf galaxy named UGC 685. Such galaxies are small and contain just a tiny fraction of the number of stars in a galaxy like the Milky Way. Dwarf galaxies often show a hazy structure, an ill-defined shape, and an appearance somewhat akin to a swarm or cloud of stars — and UGC 685 is no exception to this. Classified as an SAm galaxy — a type of unbarred spiral galaxy — it is located about 15 million light-years from Earth.

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