A tiny galaxy with a big heart

Nestled within this field of bright foreground stars lies ESO 495-21, a tiny galaxy with a big heart. ESO 495-21 is just 3000 light-years across, a fraction of the size of the Milky Way, but that is not stopping the galaxy from furiously forming huge numbers of stars.

There are also indicators for a supermassive black hole in its centre - an unusual component for a galaxy of its size.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, NASA

About the Image

Id:heic1911a
Type:Observation
Release date:13 June 2019, 16:00
Related releases:heic1911
Size:3970 x 2194 px

About the Object

Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Irregular
Constellation:Pyxis
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):8 36 15.12
Position (Dec):-26° 24' 41.08"
Field of view:3.31 x 1.83 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 21.4° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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