Image: Hubble spies sparkling galaxy

Image: Hubble spies sparkling galaxy
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, T. Armandroff

As beautiful as the surrounding space may be, the sparkling galaxy in the foreground of this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope undeniably steals the show.

This spotlight-hogging galaxy, seen set against a backdrop of more distant of all shapes and sizes, is known as PGC 29388. Although it dominates in this image, this galaxy is a small player on the cosmic stage and is known as a dwarf . As the "dwarf" moniker suggests, the galaxy is on the smaller side, and boasts a "mere" 100 million to a few billion stars—a very small number indeed when compared to the Milky Way's population of around 250 billion to 400 billion stellar residents.


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