The Hubble Space Telescope recently recorded an image of the spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5. According to NASA, scientists have had difficulty observing this galaxy due to obstacles. objects in the universe.
Because IC 342’s actual size and brightness and location in a dusty area make it difficult to observe, it is nicknamed the “hidden galaxy”.
“This galaxy appears near the equator of the Milky Way’s disk, where dense cosmic gas, cosmic dust, and luminous stars obscure our view,” NASA said.
To a certain extent, Hubble can see through debris due to telescopes with infrared capabilities. Infrared light is less scattered by cosmic dust and allows a better view of the galaxy behind the interstellar matter.
“The glittering, frontal view of the galactic center displays cosmic dust entwined and wrapped around a core of hot gas and brilliant stars,” NASA describes this image of galaxy IC 342.
“This core is a kind of ionized hydrogen atom region. Such regions are the birthplaces of stellar energy, where thousands of stars can form in a few million years,” added NASA.
According to NASA, galaxy IC 342 would be one of the brightest galaxies in our sky if not for so much cosmic dust in the way.
IC 342 is also relatively close galactically, only 11 million light-years from Earth. It is relatively large, with a diameter about half the size of the Milky Way.