NGC2403

NGC2403: An obscure galaxy in an obscure constellation.

About 10 million light-years away within the constellation Camelopardalis lies NGC2403. It doesn’t get much love, but it was really an oversight in the famous Messier catalog that defines the most popular deep-sky objects.

So let’s give it a little attention, and reflect on the fact that the light we’re seeing from this galaxy started its journey to my telescope before humans even existed. Look for the red areas in the galaxy; those are massive clouds of Hydrogen gas, illuminated by bright star clusters. You can also spot a couple of other, much more distant, galaxies in this image.

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