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Bucking the trend | by Hubble Space Telescope / ESA
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Bucking the trend

This luminous orb is the galaxy NGC 4621, better known as Messier 59. As this latter moniker indicates, the galaxy was listed in the famous catalogue of deep-sky objects compiled by French comet-hunter Charles Messier in 1779. However, German astronomer Johann Gottfried Koehler is credited with discovering the galaxy just days before Messier added it to his collection.

 

More information: spacetelescope.org/images/potw1921a/

 

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, P. Cote

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Uploaded on May 27, 2019