Sagittarius Dwarf Irregular Galaxy (2012)

Turns out, this was already processed but I didn’t realize it because the target name in the HLA was ESO594-G004. Its common name, of course, is the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy, or Sag DEG. It’s actually one of our galaxy’s closest neighbors but, because it is so near and so faint, it was not officially discovered until 1994. Sometimes the things right in front of us are the hardest to see. It’s predicted to collide with Milky Way within a hundred million years or so.

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Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt

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