The universe is
filled with galaxies.
But to see them astronomers must look out
beyond the stars of
our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
Hubble Space Telescopic portrait features
spiral galaxy NGC 6384, about 80 million light-years
away in the direction of the constellation
At that distance, NGC 6384 spans an estimated 150,000 light-years,
while the Hubble close-up of the galaxy's central region is about
70,000 light-years wide.
The sharp image shows details in the distant galaxy's blue
star clusters and dust lanes along magnificent spiral arms,
and a bright core dominated by yellowish starlight.
Still, the individual stars seen in the picture
are all in the relatively close foreground, well
within our own
The brighter Milky Way stars show noticeable crosses, or
spikes, caused by the telescope itself.