Irregular galaxy NGC 55 is thought to be similar to the Large Magellanic
the LMC is about 180,000 light-years away
and is a well known satellite of our own Milky Way Galaxy,
NGC 55 is more like 6 million light-years
and is a member of the
Sculptor Galaxy Group.
Classified as an
irregular galaxy, in
deep exposures the LMC itself
resembles a barred disk galaxy.
However, spanning about 50,000 light-years, NGC 55 is
seen nearly edge-on,
presenting a flattened, narrow profile in contrast
with our face-on view of the LMC.
Just as large star forming regions create
in the LMC, NGC 55 is also
seen to be
producing new stars.
This higly detailed
galaxy portrait highlights a bright core crossed with dust clouds,
telltale pinkish star forming regions, and young blue star clusters
in NGC 55.