CosmoView Episode 29: The Cosmic Jewels of Sextans A

The dwarf galaxy Sextans A is a cosmic jewelry box filled with bright young stars. Located around 4.4 million light-years from Earth, it has been contorted by several supernova explosions that give it a peculiar square shape. The galaxy overflows with young, blue stars and red-hued star-forming regions. This glittering image was taken at the Nicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.


Data obtained and processed by: P. Massey (Lowell Obs.), G. Jacoby, K. Olsen, & C. Smith (AURA/NSF)
Image processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani (NSF’s NOIRLab) & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)
Music: Stellardrone - Billions and Billions

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Release date:July 1, 2021, 5:34 a.m.
Duration:01 m 12 s
Frame rate:29.97

About the Object

Name:Sextans A

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