Behind a Dusty Veil Lies a Cradle of Star Birth

NGC 253 is a large, almost edge-on spiral galaxy, and is one of the nearest galaxies beyond our local neighborhood of galaxies. This dramatic galaxy shows complex structures such as clumpy gas clouds, darkened dust lanes, and young, luminous central star clusters. These elements are typical of spiral galaxies. Caroline Herschel discovered NGC 253 in 1783 while looking for comets. The galaxy's closeness to Earth makes it an ideal target for amateur astronomers who can see the southern sky and for astronomers interested in learning more about the makeup of these stunning cities of stars.

Credit:

Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9842a
Type:Observation
Release date:3 December 1998, 06:00
Size:948 x 960 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 00450-2533, NGC 253
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:10 million light years
Constellation:Sculptor

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 47 34.68
Position (Dec):-25° 17' 2.29"
Field of view:2.46 x 2.49 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 172.4° left of vertical

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