Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Close By Dwarf Galaxy

December 24, 2014 5:43 PM

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Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys have identified a new dwarf galaxy. Russian researchers located an until now unknown dwarf galaxy (named KKs3) around 7 million light-years away toward the southern constellation of Hydrus.

This discovery is unusual because KKs3 is actually well within the relatively well mapped “Local Group” of 50 known galaxies where the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are found. In fact, finding the new galaxy has led astronomers to begin to wonder how many other close-by dwarf galaxies have gone u...

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