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Location of Photo:

Julian, CA

Date/Time of photo:

June 28 - July 4, 2023


Planewave CDK24


I made a quick visit to this Lonely Galaxy in 2019 with just 6 hours total exposure. This much deeper version extracts more of its extent with more accurate coloring. "Most galaxies are clumped together in groups or clusters. A neighboring galaxy is never far away. But this galaxy, known as NGC 6503, has found itself in a lonely position, at the edge of a strangely empty patch of space called the Local Void. The Local Void is a huge stretch of space that is at least 150 million light-years across. It seems completely empty of stars or galaxies. The galaxy’s odd location on the edge of this never-land led stargazer Stephen James O’Meara to dub it the “Lost-In-Space galaxy” in his 2007 book, Hidden Treasures. NGC 6503 is 18 million light-year