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Tucked away in a small constellation around 30 million light-years from us is this relatively dim, low-star-forming galaxy.

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While it is not all that remarkable, it is still a beautiful and ethereal sight. At this distance from Earth, actually not all that far on a cosmic scale, this galaxy is visible to anyone armed with even a basic telescope, as British astronomer William Herschel found when he discovered it in 1788. This image shows the galaxy’s bright center and the surrounding dimmer and more diffuse “fuzz.” Despite appearing to be relatively bright in this image, studies have found that this galaxy is actually dim. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
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