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The Stars of NGC 300

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The Stars of NGC 300


grains of sand
on a cosmic beach,
individual stars of large
spiral galaxy NGC 300
are resolved
in this sharp image from the Hubble Space Telescope's
Advanced Camera for Surveys

The inner region of the galaxy

is pictured, spanning about 7,500

At its center is the bright, densely packed galactic core surrounded by
a loose array of dark dust lanes mixed with the stars in
the galactic plane.

NGC 300 lies 6.5 million light-years away and
is part of a
of galaxies
named for the southern constellation Sculptor.

Hubble's unique ability to distinguish
so many stars in
NGC 300
can be used to hone techniques
for making distance measurements
on extragalactic scales.

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