This wide, sharp
telescopic view reveals
beyond the stars near the northern boundary of the
Prominent at the upper right is
A mere 50 million light-years away, the large spiral is one
of the brighter galaxies not included in
Messier's famous 18th century catalog.
The disturbed looking group of galaxies
at the lower left is
well-known as Stephan's Quintet.
About 300 million light-years distant, the quintet
dramatically illustrates a multiple galaxy collision, its
interactions posed for a brief cosmic snapshot.
On the sky, the
NGC 7331 are separated by about half a degree.