The Hidden Galaxy

This is IC342, located about 10 million light-years away. If it were anywhere else in the sky, it would be visible to the naked eye – but it lies behind the disk of our Milky Way galaxy, obscuring the view.

This image is the result of 22 hours of total exposure time to try and pull it through all those stars and dust that lie between us and it. The red splotches are areas of ionized Hydrogen gas – nebulas in another galaxy!

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