WISE Images – Galaxy IC342

IC 342
Galaxy IC 342
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

Known as the Hidden Galaxy, IC 342 is mostly hidden to astronomers in the visible spectrum by the Milky Way. However, the WISE observatory can see through the dust and gas with its infrared vision giving scientists a sharp view of the galaxy. IC 342 is very bright due to the formation of new stars. The Hidden Galaxy is 62,000 light years across, compared to 100,000 light years for the Milky Way. It is about 10 million light years from Earth.

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