NGC300: This is a classic spiral galaxy visually within the constellation Sculptor. It long has been thought to be part of the Sculptor Group of galaxies, but more recent findings suggest that it and its close neighbor NGC55 are probably located between us and the Sculptor Group; it is thought that NGC300 and NGC55 are gravitationally bound together, and the tidal forces are deforming NGC55. The pinkish regions are active star-forming regions in this galaxy; the bright blue dots are clusters of bright young stars. NGC300 is relatively close to us, about 6 million light years away. What is shown here measures about 50,000 light years across (about half what our Milky Way measures), but recent analysis has suggested that stars belonging to NGC300 may stretch twice that distance.
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