This Hubble image shows irregular galaxy, ESO 245-5, located some of 15 million light-years from Earth.
In this striking image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a rich tapestry of stars dominates the scene, set against a backdrop of dust, gas, and the distant glow from celestial objects. The sheer density of stars within this field of view might initially challenge observers to identify that they are, indeed, witnessing a galaxy. Identified as ESO 245-5, this galaxy’s distinctive feature lies in its apparent lack of structured order, a departure from the organized spiral galaxies typically showcased by Hubble. This captivating view provides a unique perspective on the intricate interplay of cosmic elements within the celestial canvas.
ESO 245-5 falls under the category of an IB(s)m galaxy within the De Vaucouleurs galaxy classification system. This classification reveals that the galaxy is irregular (I), lacking any discernible ordered structure. Additionally, it possesses a central bar (B), denoting a dense formation of stars cutting through its center. The presence of the third term ((s)) signifies a subtle spiral structure, while the final term (m) categorizes it as a galaxy akin to the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds—irregular satellite galaxies of the Milky Way.
As a relatively close neighbor to our own galaxy, ESO 245-5 resides approximately 15 million light-years away in the constellation Phoenix, contributing to the rich diversity of cosmic neighbors that populate our celestial surroundings.