Astronomers Uncover New Dwarf Galaxy, 7 Million Light-Years Away

December 24, 2014 5:04 PM

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All along, the Milky Way has unknowingly had a shy cosmic neighbor: A tiny galaxy has been discovered in our Solar System’s home. And now, astronomers are wondering just how many of these diminutive dwarfs are secretly nestled in the intergalactic undergrowth.

Using the Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), a Russia-led group of researchers were able to pinpoint dwarf galaxy KKs3. The small sector is approximately 7 million light-years away in the direction of Hydrus, a small constellation in the deep southern sky.

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