NASA Hubble spots hidden galaxy about 11 million light-years from Earth
NASA has released a live image of a hidden galaxy located near the Milky Way's pearly disk's equator
The spiral galaxy IC 342, commonly known as Caldwell 5, is located around 11 million light-years from Earth and was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Caldwell 5, discovered in the early 1890s, is veiled by so much interstellar dust that it is difficult to locate in the sky. The Hidden Galaxy got its moniker because of this.
The latest Hubble image offers a gleaming, face-on perspective of the galaxy's core
which features entangled dust tendrils in stunning arms that wrap around a blazing core of hot gas and stars
According to NASA, this core is a type of region known as a H II nucleus, which is an ionised area of atomic hydrogen
Thousands of stars can form in these intense birthplaces of stars over the course of a few million years.
Caldwell 5 can be viewed using a telescope in the Northern Hemisphere's clear night sky during late autumn and early winter
Only people living near the equator in the Southern Hemisphere will be able to see it low in the northern sky during late summer.
NASA and the European Space Agency collaborated on the Hubble Space Telescope as an international initiative (ESA). Since its launch on April 24, 1990
the space-based observatory has made over 1.5 million observations of over 50,000 celestial objects, and astronomers have published over 19,000 scientific articles.
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