The text and images in this article were originally published on December 3, 1998, and reflect information about NGC 253 available at that time.
Behind a Dusty Veil Lies a Cradle of Star Birth
NGC 253 is a large, almost edge-on spiral galaxy, and is one of the nearest galaxies beyond our local neighborhood of galaxies. This dramatic galaxy shows complex structures such as clumpy gas clouds, darkened dust lanes, and young, luminous central star clusters. These elements are typical of spiral galaxies. Caroline Herschel discovered NGC 253 in 1783 while looking for comets. The galaxy’s closeness to Earth makes it an ideal target for amateur astronomers who can see the southern sky and for astronomers interested in learning more about the makeup of these stunning cities of stars. A story about the discovery of young Super Star Clusters in the Hubble Space Telescope images is presented by principal astronomer, Alan Watson.
Feature Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)Acknowledgment: A. Watson (Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
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About this Object
NGC 253, Sculptor Galaxy, Silver Coin Galaxy
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