Scientists have discovered a new galaxy which is like no other galaxy we have known before. The discovered galaxy is Galaxy NCG 6503. The characteristic which makes it unique is not because of how many suns or stars it is having or how many planets or its size. What makes this galaxy unique is because it is all on its own in a region of space that is remarkably empty. It is almost like finding an oasis in the Sahara desert on Earth.
This empty part of the space is named The Local Void by astronomers. It is 150 miles across and about one third the size of our Milky Way Galaxy and it is entirely devoid of stars and galaxies, except for this new galaxy discovered.
The galaxy’s novel location lies right on the edge of The Local Void.
Now most galaxies are usually clumped together in a group or a cluster. Generally, where you would look through a telescope and spot a galaxy it would not take much trouble to find another galaxy nearby.
This is however not the case with the NCG 6503 galaxy, which is 18 million light years away from us and resides in the northern circumpolar constellation we known as Draco.
The NCG 6503 was captured in photos by the Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys, taken in April 2003. Other pictures were taken by the Wild Field Camera 3, in August 2013.
These photos show a rich set of color including bright red patches of gas within spiraling arms and with bright blue regions that contain stars still forming.
This is not it; the photos also showed that the galaxy has dark brown dust lanes that dot the galaxy’s much brighter arms and center which kind o give the galaxy a more mottled look.