Hubble captured the Milky Way’s ghostly neighbor

The Hubble mission support group has published a new image of a deep space object. This time the telescope photographed the galaxy ESO 300-16.

Galaxy ESO 300-16. Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Tully

ESO 300-16 is located at a distance of 28.7 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Eridanus. It is an irregular galaxy. This means that unlike our Milky Way, it has neither a spiral structure, nor a well-defined disk, nor a bulge.

All this gives the ESO 300-16 a characteristic ghostly appearance. The galaxy is like a sparkling cloud. If you look closely, you can see that it actually consists of many small stars. In the central, brightest part, there is a bubble of blue gas.

The ESO 300-16 image was taken as part of the Every Known Nearby Galaxy project. Its purpose is to photograph all known objects located within a radius of 10 megaparsecs (32.6 million light-years) from the Earth. Before the start of the program, Hubble had already studied more than 75% of such galaxies, the current task is to cover the missing objects.

Earlier we talked about how Hubble photographed a lenticular galaxy in the constellation Pavo.

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