The Hubble Space Telescope has managed to give astronomers the clearest picture of galaxy NGC 6503 at the edge of our universe that humans have ever had of the giant. It’s at least 18 million light years away from even the furthest edges of our solar system and surrounding region – but astronomers are adamant that there is something significant to be seen and learned here.
Astronomers say that it is roughly a third of the size of the Milky Way and spans what is 30,000 light years in the distance across. By all accounts right now, getting this measurement is one of the most impressive features that the Galaxy has seen to date, and stands as an impressive accomplishment for the team.
The truly interesting thing though about this discovery is that it sits at the edge of a void. This is a void that spans 150 million light-years. That’s something that is an impressive distance. Certainly, this is not your typical garden-variety space gap. Instead, scientists and astronomers hope that they can learn more about the gap as they look further into this particular galaxy. Perhaps getting more answers regarding the existence of this galaxy, and perhaps even understanding what is happening around it – might give scientists and astronomers some idea about what is going on in the empty spaces around it.
The question now becomes determining what is happening at the core of this galaxy, and what it might mean for the space around it. While many have pointed out that it’s no secret that not all space, in space, is created equal – there has been a certain level of uncertainty regarding the reasoning behind it. This comes down to a few simple things that scientists and astronomers can now work to answer. It means coming up with additional information regarding the function of this galaxy, as well as determining what is going on around this galaxy.
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There are a number of possibilities, and currently there is plenty of speculation, but the core truth is that there isn’t much around this galaxy – so the answers are going to have to come from the galaxy instead. While some have called it a Local Void, the truth is that it’s a void that spans a far larger area than any span previously seen. Ideally, the Hubble Space Telescope will be able to continue giving scientists better insight regarding the Galaxy, and what might be happening around it as time goes on.