Distant Galaxies Behind NGC 300
May 19, 2005
This photo shows an area in the outer regions of NGC 300. Disks of spiral galaxies are usually quite "thin" (some hundred light-years), as compared to their radial extent (tens of thousands of light-years across). In areas where only small amounts of dust are present, it is possible to see much more distant galaxies right through the disk of NGC 300 , as demonstrated by this image.
Topics: Barred spiral galaxies, Unbarred spiral galaxies, Spiral galaxies, NGC, Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, Peculiar galaxies, Messier objects, Galaxy