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Hubble Sees Stellar Glitter in a Cosmic Void

22 May 2020, 11:40 UTC
Hubble Sees Stellar Glitter in a Cosmic Void ESA/Hubble & NASA, E. Shaya, L. Rizzi, B. Tully, et al.

Unlike a spiral or elliptical galaxy, the galaxy KK 246 looks like glitter spilled across a black velvet sheet. KK 246, also known as ESO 461-036, is a dwarf irregular galaxy residing within the Local Void, a vast region of empty space. This lonely galaxy is the only one known for certain to reside in this enormous volume, along with 15 others that have been tentatively identified.

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