Dusty Neighbor NGC 247 is a Million Light-Years Closer Than Thought

Spiral galaxy NGC 247, shot with the Wide Field Imager at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Credit: ESO

One of our celestial neighbors, the spiral galaxy NGC 247, just moved about a million light-years closer.

Well, not really. But astronomers are retooling estimates of the distance to it, which was overestimated in the past partly because of the nearly edge-on tilt, shown above. The just-released image, from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope in Chile, shows large numbers of the galaxy’s component stars and glowing pink clouds of hydrogen, marking regions of active star formation, in the loose and ragged spiral arms. Numerous other galaxies can be seen in the distance.

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