Hubble photographs a nearby dwarf galaxy

The Hubble mission support group has published a new image of a deep space object. This time, the UGCA 307 galaxy got into the scope of the space telescope.

Dwarf galaxy UGCA 307. Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Tully

UGCA 307 is located at a distance of 26 million light-years from the Milky Way in the direction of the constellation Corvus. It is classified as a dwarf irregular galaxy.

Hubble’s image demonstrates that UGCA 307 does not have any clearly defined structure. The galaxy resembles a nebulous cloud, which consists of a cluster of luminaries, in some places diluted with red dots. The last ones correspond to the regions of active star formation.

The image of UGCA 307 was obtained as part of a project aimed at exploring all known neighbors of the Milky Way. With its help, astronomers want to get as detailed an idea of its galactic environment as possible. At the moment, Hubble has observed almost three-quarters of nearby galaxies in sufficient detail to map their brightest stars and collect data on the stellar population. During the current project, the telescope will study the remaining quarter.

Earlier we talked about how Hubble photographed a small spiral galaxy.

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