Optical photo of the spiral galaxy NGC 253

Optical photo of the spiral galaxy NGC 253

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Credit: KIM GORDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Optical photograph of the spiral galaxy NGC 253, which lies ten million light years away in the constellation of Sculptor. The hot, blue stars of the galactic disc and the cooler, red stars of the nuclear area are easily distinguished. NGC 253 is a member of a sparse cluster of galaxies known as the Sculptor Group.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, galactic, galaxy, ngc 253, science, spiral galaxy

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