‘Lost in Space Galaxy’ Held Captive by 150 Million Years Wide of Interstellar Vacuum 18,000 light years from Earth

A galaxy was recently located by astronomers at a distance of 150 million years wide of interstellar vacuum called the local void, at approximately 18,000 light years away from Earth. It can be said to be the equivalent of the lost city of Atlantis. Itself, it is also called the “Lost Galaxy”.

Unlike other galaxies that exists in clusters, the unique feature about this galaxy is that it stands alone on the edge of an abyss. Thus, the galaxy called NGC 6503, is also known as the ‘Lost in Space Galaxy’.

‘Although the universe may seem spacious, most galaxies are clumped together in groups or clusters and a neighbor is never far away. But this galaxy, known as NGC 6503, has found itself in a lonely position,’ NASA wrote in a statement.

NGC 6503 is a third of the size of the Milky Way Galaxy, as it spans only 30,000 light-years  across.

The galaxy is a spectacular sight to behold. The colloidal mass exhibits bright red spots of gases mixed with brilliant hues of blue regions containing newly formed stars. Its central region is an example of what is known as the less bright ‘low ionization nuclear emission region’ or Liner.

To learn more about the shape, internal structure and the behavior and properties of their stars, the Hubble Space Telescope has explored neighboring  galaxies, including NGC 6503.

The emission from NGC 6503’s heart, had astronomers believing it is the result of a starved black hole kept alive by receiving a very small dose of in-falling gas to keep at bay its very large appetite.

Image: http://www.esa.int/

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/nasa-lonely-galaxy-150-million-light-year-wide-abyss/1/443658.html

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