Optical image of the irregular galaxy NGC 55

Optical image of the irregular galaxy NGC 55

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Caption: Irregular galaxy NGC 55. True-colour optical image of the spiral galaxy NGC 55 in the constellation Sculptor. This galaxy is unusual in that it has its bright nucleus to the right, rather than in the centre The galaxy is a member of our local group, and is around 3 million light years away. This image was produced by digitally combining photographs taken by the UK Schmidt Telescope in blue and red light.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, galactic, galaxy, irregular, irregular galaxy, ngc 55, science, uk schmidt telescope imagery, united kingdom

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