Hubble Discovers New Galaxy in Cosmic Neighborhood

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Hubble Discovers New Galaxy in Cosmic Neighborhood

Post by bystander » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:23 pm

Hubble Accidentally Discovers a New Galaxy in Cosmic Neighborhood
NASA | GSFC | STScI | HubbleSite | 2019 Jan 31
bedin1.jpg
This is a Hubble image of a concentration of stars within the globular cluster NGC 6752.
Hidden among the stars is an image of a background galaxy that is much farther away.
The diminutive galaxy, named by its discoverers as Bedin 1, measures only around
3,000 light-years at its greatest extent — a fraction of the size of the Milky Way.
Not only is it tiny, but it is also incredibly faint. These properties led astronomers
to classify it as a dwarf spheroidal galaxy that is as old as the universe.
Credits: NASA, ESA and L. Bedin (Astronomical Observatory of Padua, Italy)

Isolated star-city is a fossil from the early universe.

The universe is very cluttered. Myriad island cities of stars, the galaxies, form a backdrop tapestry. Much closer to home are nebulae, star clusters, and assorted other foreground celestial objects that are mostly within our Milky Way galaxy. Despite the vastness of space, objects tend to get in front of each other.

This happened when astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the globular star cluster NGC 6752 (located 13,000 light-years away in our Milky Way's halo). In a celestial game of "Where's Waldo?", Hubble's sharp vision uncovered a never-before-seen dwarf galaxy located far behind the cluster's crowded stellar population. The loner galaxy is in our own cosmic backyard, only 30 million light-years away (approximately 2,300 times farther than the foreground cluster).

The object is classified as a dwarf spheroidal galaxy because it measures only around 3,000 light-years at its greatest extent (barely 1/30th the diameter of the Milky Way), and it is roughly a thousand times dimmer than the Milky Way.

Because of its 13-billion-year-old age, and its isolation — which resulted in hardly any interaction with other galaxies — the dwarf is the astronomical equivalent of a living fossil from the early universe. ...

Hubble Fortuitously Discovers a New Galaxy in the Cosmic Neighborhood
ESA Hubble Photo Release | 2019 Jan 31

The HST Large Programme on NGC 6752. I. Serendipitous
Discovery of a Dwarf Galaxy in Background
~ L. R. Bedin et al
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Re: Hubble Discovers New Galaxy in Cosmic Neighborhood

Post by Ann » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:02 pm

Dwarf spheroidal galaxy Bedin 1 behind cluster NGC 6752.
Image credit: NASA / ESA / Hubble / Bedin et al.
I think this image is even more striking.

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