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NGC 300, a spiral galaxy in Sculptor

Date created: 1991-02-22

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Galaxies are vast collections of stars, scattered across the sky at all distances and in infinite variety. The larger examples consisist of hundreds of billions of stars and some of the faintest contain a million, so NGC 300, which contains a few billion, is in-between.

Most galaxies are too far away for their stars to be seen as individuals in ground-based telescopes, but this galaxy is about 6 million light-year distant, so the brightest stars in the galaxy are clearly visible in this photograph. NGC 300 is one of the closer members of a small group of spiral and irregular galaxies that are scattered across the southern constellation of Sculptor.

Image derived from an AAT plate taken in blue light.  

Credit: David Malin

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