Stealing the Show

As beautiful as the surrounding space may be, the sparkling galaxy in the foreground of this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope undeniably steals the show.

This spotlight-hogging galaxy, seen set against a backdrop of more distant galaxies of all shapes and sizes, is known as PGC 29388. Although it dominates in this image, this galaxy is a small player on the cosmic stage, and is known as a dwarf elliptical galaxy. As the “dwarf” moniker suggests, the galaxy is on the smaller side, and boasts a “mere” 100 million to a few billion stars — a very small number indeed when compared to the Milky Way's population of around 250 to 400 billion stellar residents.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, T. Armandroff

About the Image

Id:potw2016a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 April 2020, 09:00
Size:3948 x 1960 px

About the Object

Name:PGC 29388
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Dwarf
Constellation:Ursa Major
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 7 3.18
Position (Dec):67° 49' 45.76"
Field of view:3.29 x 1.63 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 81.1° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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