Release 638 of 1,091

Hubble Resolves a Blaze of Stars in a Galaxy's Core

Release date: Mar 6, 2003 9:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

The central region of the small galaxy NGC 1705 blazes with the light of thousands of young and old stars in this image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. At 17 million light-years away, the individual stars of the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 1705 are out of range of all but the sharp eyes of Hubble. NGC 1705 is classified as a dwarf irregular because it is small and lacks any regular structure.