Zooming in on Barnard’s Galaxy

Zooming in on Barnard’s Galaxy, also known as NGC 6822. The galaxy contains regions of rich star formation and curious nebulae, such as the bubble clearly visible in the upper left of this remarkable vista. Astronomers classify NGC 6822 as an irregular dwarf galaxy because of its odd shape and relatively diminutive size by galactic standards. The strange shapes of these cosmic misfits help researchers understand how galaxies interact, evolve and occasionally “cannibalise” each other, leaving behind radiant, star-filled scraps.


ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2, A. Fujii. Music: John Dyson

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Release date:14 October 2009
Related releases:eso0938
Duration:46 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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