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  1. ‘Lonely’ galaxy discovered on edge of the ‘void’ by Hubble Telescope

‘Lonely’ galaxy discovered on edge of the ‘void’ by Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Telescope has captured an astounding image of a "lonely" galaxy floating on the edge of a grim abyss. Galaxy, known as NGC 6503, has found itself in a lonely position, at the edge of a strangely empty patch of space called the "Local Void."

By: | Published: June 11, 2015 5:34 PM

The Hubble Telescope has captured an astounding image of a “lonely” galaxy floating on the edge of a grim abyss. Galaxy, known as NGC 6503, has found itself in a lonely position, at the edge of a strangely empty patch of space called the “Local Void.”

NGC 6503 is 18 million light-years away from Earth in the northern circumpolar constellation of Draco. It spans some 30,000 light-years, about a third of the size of the Milky Way.

The Local Void is a huge stretch of space that is at least 150 million light-years across. It seems completely empty of stars or galaxies. The galaxy’s odd location on the edge of this never-land led stargazer Stephen James O’Meara to dub it the “Lost-In-Space galaxy” in his 2007 book, Hidden Treasures.

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