Hubble telescope photographs galaxy 2.5 times wider than the Milky Way
Photo: NASA/ESA/B. Holwerda (University of Louisville)
A new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope shows off a spiral galaxy located 232 million light-years away and thought to be the largest in our known, local universe.
Why it matters: The galaxy, named UGC 2885, is about 2.5 times wider than our galaxy and contains 10 times more stars.
- The brightest stars in the foreground are actually in our own galaxy and were in the view of the telescope as it observed UGC 2885.
Background: This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's life in space. Its successor — the James Webb Space Telescope — is expected to launch in 2021.