An Irregular Dwarf

NGC 7292 is irregular. It lacks the distinct spiral arms or elliptical shape of some galaxies. However, its core is stretched out into a distinct bar, something often seen in spiral galaxies. NGC 7292 is also remarkably faint, barely distinguishable against the backdrop of the night sky. Astronomers didn’t give it much notice until it was home to a supernova in 1964. This Hubble image is from an observational campaign that examined the remnant of that supernova.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA

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