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A tiny galaxy with a big heart

A tiny galaxy with a big heart


Date: 13 June 2019
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: ESO 495-21
Copyright: ESA/Hubble, NASA, CC BY 4.0

Nestled within this field of bright foreground stars lies ESO 495-21, a tiny galaxy with a big heart. ESO 495-21 is just 3000 light-years across, a fraction of the size of the Milky Way, but that is not stopping the galaxy from furiously forming huge numbers of stars.

There are also indicators for a supermassive black hole in its centre - an unusual component for a galaxy of its size.

 
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Last Update: 1 September 2019
17-Sep-2019 21:01 UT

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