Hubble Telescope Spots Peculiar Dwarf Galaxy With Bright Neighbor

Hubble Telescope Spots Peculiar Dwarf Galaxy With Bright Neighbor

Hubble Space Telescope imagery of the Minkowski Object (lower left) and the elliptical galaxy NGC 541. (Image credit: NASA, ESA and S. Croft (Eureka Scientific Inc.); Image processing: Gladys Kober (NASA Goddard/Catholic University of America))

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a dazzling new view of a busy star birth factory.

The oddly shaped Minkowski Object, a dwarf galaxy, glows blue in the lower left of the image, while the elliptical galaxy NGC 541 glows brightly in the upper right corner. Minkowski’s object is star-studded, containing at least 20 million stellar objects, and it was heavily influenced by its larger neighbor, NASA officials wrote in a statement. (opens in a new tab) when the new Hubble Space Telescope image was released on May 23.

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