Bedin 1 in NGC 6752

Bedin 1 in NGC 6752

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News release ID: STScI-2019-09
Release Date: Jan 31, 2019
Image Use: Copyright
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DWARF GALAXY SPOTTED BEHIND GLOBULAR STAR CLUSTER

This is a Hubble Space Telescope image of a concentration of stars within the globular cluster NGC 6752. Hidden among the stars is an image of a background galaxy that is much farther away. The diminutive galaxy, named by its discoverers as Bedin 1, measures only around 3,000 light-years at its greatest extent — a fraction of the size of the Milky Way. Not only is it tiny, but it is also incredibly faint. These properties led astronomers to classify it as a dwarf spheroidal galaxy that is as old as the universe.


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Annotated Observations, Dwarf Galaxies, Globular Clusters, Hubble Telescope

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NASA, ESA, and L. Bedin (Astronomical Observatory of Padua, Italy)