Saturday, December 22, 2012

ESO 318-13 - Glitter Galaxy

The brilliant cascade of stars through the middle of this image is the galaxy ESO 318-13 as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Despite being millions of light-years from Earth, the stars captured in this image are so bright and clear you could almost attempt to count them. Although ESO 318-13 is the main event in this image, it is sandwiched between a vast collection of bright celestial objects. Several stars near and far dazzle in comparison to the neat dusting contained within the galaxy.

Photo credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA.

Note: For more information, see Hubble's Glitter Galaxy: The ESO 318-13 Galaxy.

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