Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ESO’s La Silla Observatory

A handout photo provided on February 28, 2011 by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) of NGC 247, taken by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile, reveals the fine details of this highly inclined spiral galaxy and its rich backdrop. Astronomers say this highly tilted orientation, when viewed from Earth, explains why the distance to this prominent galaxy was previously overestimated.

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