Spiral Galaxy Proves Pink Is Totally In Season

The above galaxy is NGC 300. Yeah man, what a drag of a name, no? NGC 300 just happens to be one of the brightest galaxies in the night sky, and as such it deserves a better nomenclature then it has been given. How about Sexy Pink Things? It’ll conjure up beauty, then sexiness, and then perhaps a perfect way to segue into some sexy-time whilst gazing at the cosmos. I’m reaching, but that’s what I do. What’s remarkable about NGC 300 are the fluffy pink clouds that adorn the gorgeous son of a bitch. What are they? I’ll tell ya! Well, actually, io9 will.


Located in the Sculptor Group of galaxies just six million light-years from Earth – barely any distance at all in intergalactic terms – NGC 300 is one of the brightest galaxies in the southern skies, and any amateur astronomer in the southern hemisphere should be able to spot it without much difficulty. Of course, a pair of binoculars won’t reveal the amazing detail that we can see in this photo taken by the Wide Field Imager at the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

The pink spots, which almost make it look as though the galaxy has come down with a case of galactic chicken pox or measles, are energetic star-forming regions. These bright nebulae are so packed with new stars that they’re easily distinguishable from the fainter, wispier parts of the rest of the galaxy. You can click on the image up top for a closer look at NGC 300.

On NGC 300. You’re so cute, with your star-forming regions. Seriously though, it’s a pretty sexy galaxy, and its a bit of a mind-warp to consider how many stars must be there in the nebulae to light up so much brighter than the rest of the galaxy.

There’s your space porn for the day.