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Ghost galaxy NGC2915

How do you find a nearly invisible galaxy? Pictured is the blue compact dwarf (BCD) galaxy NGC 2915. In visible light, shown in yellow, this galaxy appears to be a normal dwarf galaxy, as indicated by the yellow smudge in the image center. Yet when imaged in a neutral hydrogen gas (called HI), a whole spiral galaxy appears. Much about BCD galaxies remains mysterious, such as how the neutral hydrogen obtained its shape, what drives current star formation, and why there is so much dark matter. NGC 2915 is located at the relatively nearby distance of 15 million light-years - just outside our Local Group of Galaxies.

ATCA radio HI image and AAT optical image by G. Meurer et al.
Original: Bob Sault (13-Dec-2002)
Modified: Bob Sault (13-Dec-2002)