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Mar 11

The Dusty Disc of NGC 247

Source: ESO Photo Release eso1107

Wide Field Imager view of the spiral galaxy NGC 247. Credit: ESO.

This image of NGC 247, taken by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, reveals the fine details of this highly inclined spiral galaxy and its rich backdrop. Astronomers say this highly tilted orientation, when viewed from Earth, explains why the distance to this prominent galaxy was previously overestimated.(read more)

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