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November 3, 1994 06:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-51

Astronomers Discover Nearby Spiral Galaxy Hidden Behind the Milky Way

November 3, 1994: An international team of astronomers has uncovered a galaxy in our own cosmic back yard. Though only ten million light-years away (or five times the distance of the Andromeda galaxy - closest assemblage of stars to our Milky Way Galaxy), this newly discovered city of more than 100 billion stars has gone undetected previously because it is hidden from view behind our Milky Way galaxy.

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