Space Swoon: The Hubble accidentally discovered a new galaxy. No big whoop!
Hubble discovered a galaxy? By accident! Pfft. Sometimes I find a Skittle stuck in my ass cheeks. Can you eat a galaxy? Probably not! Can I eat that Skittle? You fucking bet!
Hit the jump to check out this finding.
The universe is cluttered. It hosts myriad island cities of stars, the galaxies. Much closer to home are nebulae, star clusters and assorted celestial objects that are mostly within our Milky Way galaxy. Despite the vastness of space, objects tend to get in front of each other.
This happened when astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the globular star cluster NGC 6752 (located 13,000 light-years away in our Milky Way’s halo). In a celestial game of “Where’s Waldo?” Hubble’s sharp vision uncovered a never-before-seen dwarf galaxy located far behind the cluster’s crowded stellar population. The loner galaxy is in our own cosmic backyard, only 30 million light-years away (approximately 2,300 times farther than the foreground cluster).