Thursday, June 11, 2015

NGC 6503 - Lone Galaxy Inhabiting the Vast Local Void

1062 followed by 23 zeros.  This incomprehensible number is in fact how many miles (18 million LYs to give a relaxed thought experiment) lies between Earth and NGC 6503 or "the Lost in Space" galaxy which resides in the Local Void — a vast region of space that’s completely devoid of other galaxies (as described by the IO9 article).

This beautiful galaxy was caught by Hubble over 154 orbits of the planet Earth.  This is quite a departure for the space telescope which usually observers objects over several to dozens of orbits.

Here is a link to the IO9 article

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