An Unusual Dwarf


A case of suspended animation?The speckling of stares in this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope image seems to show an array of different cosmic objects, actually forms a single body—the nearby dwarf galaxy known as Leo A. Its few million stars are so sparsely distributed that distant galaxies in the background can be seen behind it. Leo A is about 2.5 million light-years from Earth and is a member of the Local Group of galaxies, a group that includes the Milky Way.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA