Hubble Captures Stunning New Dwarf Galaxy Close to the Milky Way

Zooming in on NGC 6752 and Bedin 1

Using images from the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers studying distant, dim stars accidentally stumbled upon something they hadn't anticipated: An entirely undocumented galaxy sitting around 30 million light-years from Earth.

In the outer fringes of the observed area, a compact collection of stars was visible.

The newly discovered star system, called Bedin 1, in recognition of the scientist's emerging part in its invention, looks weeny and weak even under the powerful Hubble magnification.

Astronomers estimate Bedin 1's age at about 13 billion years and say it's been isolated from interactions with other galaxies.

Bedin 1 is a dwarf spheroidal galaxy which contains small, old stars that lack dust and are very faint. It's located 30 million light-years from the Milky Way and at least 2 million light-years away from the nearest large galaxy, NGC 6744. There's no telling just how many other tiny galaxies are hiding behind star clusters just waiting to be found. Pictured: In this composite image provided by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team, the Barred Spiral Galaxy (NGC 6217) in the Ursa Minor constellation is pictured in Space.

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The images, recorded by observatories in three different wavelengths, allow viewers to examine the structure of the galaxy, discerning between older and younger stars, and spot features like black holes and nebulas. The finding is reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. They're also fairly common in our Local Group of galaxies - we know of 36 galaxies of this type and 22 of them are in orbit around our galaxy!

So with Bedin 1 found, it's one down, 1,999,999,999,999 to go.

Further observations led the astronomers to deduce that the galaxy is roughly 13 billion years old, making it roughly as old as the Milky Way.

"This makes it possible the most isolated small dwarf galaxy discovered to date".

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of worldwide cooperation between ESA and NASA. A Hubble statement likens Bedin 1 to "the astronomical equivalent of a living fossil from the early Universe".

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