Sculptor group galaxy NGC 300
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NGC 300, Sculptor group galaxy, ngc300.jpg
Top left is NE. Image width is about 27 arc min
Image and text © 1991-2010, Australian Astronomical Observatory, photograph by David Malin.

NGC 300 is among the least conspicuous members of a sparse cluster of galaxies that are scattered across the south galactic pole, ideally placed for study with the AAT. The three photographic plates from which this picture was made have been specially enhanced to emphasise the delicate structure of the galaxy, revealing that the light of the spiral arms is dominated by young, blue stars. Here and there along the arms, indeed largely responsible for defining them, are denser clumps of stars, some still associated with the gas from which they formed. Many stars are clearly visible as individuals, for the Sculptor Group is relatively nearby, about 8 million light years away.

Related Images
AAT 57.    Around the nucleus of NGC 300
AAT 56a.  Sculptor group galaxy NGC 300, wide field view
n0300_d   NGC 300, deep image
Constellation of Sculptor (external site)

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Updated by David Malin, 2010, August 1