Image Credit: H. Boffin, H. Heyer, E.Janssen (ESO), FORS2, European Southern Observatory

This celestial-equivalent of an all-knowing, seeing-eye is NGC 1350: an "island universe" found about 85 million light-years from Earth in the Fornax constellation. Within the confines of this stunning galaxy, there are all the things that make for a winning combination, from the bright central core; billions of luminous, blue-white stars; tightly wound spiral arms that give the galaxy an almost egg-shaped appearance; to the expansive halo and the foreground stars. Many of both the foreground objects belong to the Fornax cluster of galaxies, but they are much closer to us than NGC 1350 is. They are situated just  62 million light-years from us (thus NGC 1350 is about 20 million light-years farther away).

Overall, NGC 1350 spans  130,000 light-years across, which makes it roughly equivalent in size with the Milky Way, or perhaps just a little bit larger (estimates say the Milky Way is between 100,000 and 1,200,000 light-years in diameter) This image of the galaxy is an almost-true color composite, taken using the "Very Large Telescope's" 8.2 Meter Kueyen telescope

See a larger image here.

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