NGC 253 - Sculptor Galaxy

NGC 253 - The Sculptor Galaxy

NGC 253 (Caldwell 65) is located about 10 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor.  It is classified as a starburst spiral galaxy and displays an exceptionally high rate of starbirth.   This galaxy is called the "Sculptor Galaxy" and also the "Silver Dollar Galaxy".

This galaxy also exhibits luminous x-ray sources which are believed to be intermediate mass black holes and immense clouds of superheated gas.   The Chandra X-ray detector revealed very powerful x-ray sources within 3,000 light-years of the center of the galaxy.

More information and images of this galaxy can be found at NGC253.  

This image is a 2-hour luminance image from 60, 2-minute subexposures taken on the morning of 1 September 2008 combined with RGB color from 40-minutes in each color channel binned 2x2 taken on the morning of 2 September.   

This image also reveals numerous small and much more distant galaxies.   Below some of these small galaxies are labeled with their Principal Galaxy Catalog (PGC) designation.

NGC 253 - The Sculptor Galaxy

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