Image of the Day: Spectacular "Lost-In-Space" galaxy

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Jun 19, 2015

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been capturing some stunning images over the past year, and this latest composite snapshot reveals the awe and beauty of NGC 6503, a spiral dwarf galaxy spinning solo about 18 million light-years away in an abandoned sector of space called the Local Void.  Due to its residency in a strangely vacant area of the universe spanning some 150 million light-years across, this gorgeous galaxy has been nicknamed the "Lost-In-Space" galaxy, what with its being the only burning pinwheel of stars in the immediate neighborhood.  The Hubble obtained this hypnotic image over the course of 154 Earth orbits and displays the loner galaxy's brilliant gas halo, possibly created by a starved black hole at its center. 

Here's the visual summation from the Hubble's official site:

This new image, taken using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), shows NGC 6503 in striking detail and with a richer set of colours. Bright red patches of gas can be seen scattered through its swirling spiral arms, mixed with bright blue regions that contain newly-forming stars. Dark brown dust lanes snake across the galaxy’s bright arms and centre, giving it a mottled appearance.

(Via io9)

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