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Hubble Sees Stars as Numerous as Grains of Sand in Nearby Galaxy
Release date: Apr 8, 2004 9:00 AM (EDT)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

What appear as individual grains of sand on a beach in the image obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are actually myriads of stars embedded deep in the heart of the nearby galaxy NGC 300. The Hubble telescope's exquisite resolution enables it to see the stars as individual points of light, despite the fact that the galaxy is millions of light-years away.

Release ID: STScI-2004-13
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Hubble Sees Stars as Numerous as Grains of Sand in Nearby Galaxy
Release video
NGC 300 Zoom Animation
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Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

Acknowledgment: F. Bresolin (Institute for Astronomy, U. Hawaii) and the Digitized Sky Survey