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Jan 16

The Milky Way’s Clean and Tidy Galactic Neighbour

Source: ESO Photo Release eso1603

eso1603aThe dwarf galaxy IC 1613.
Image credits: ESO.

Many galaxies are chock-full of dust, while others have occasional dark streaks of opaque cosmic soot swirling in amongst their gas and stars. However, the subject of this new image, snapped with the OmegaCAM camera on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope in Chile, is unusual — the small galaxy, named IC 1613, is a veritable clean freak! IC 1613 contains very little cosmic dust, allowing astronomers to explore its contents with great clarity. This is not just a matter of appearances; the galaxy’s cleanliness is vital to our understanding of the Universe around us. (learn more)

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