An Isolated Galaxy

The loneliest of galaxiesMCG+01-02-015’s unsentimental naming befits its position within the cosmos: it is a void galaxy, located in an almost empty gap between local groups of galaxies. If our galaxy, the Milky Way, were as isolated, we would not even have known of the existence of other galaxies until the development of strong telescopes and detectors in the 1960s. (Instead, some of our neighboring galaxies such as Andromeda and the Magellanic Clouds can be seen by the naked eye.)

BTW, those three bright stars with the cross-shaped diffraction spikes are in the foreground. They’re near by in the Milky Way.

Image Credit: NASA

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