Photo: Eight New Neighboring Galaxies Found, Scientists Announce



Leo T, the small cluster of white stars in the center of the image above, is just one of eight neighboring dwarf galaxies found by astronomers in the past two years.

The other seven discoveries orbit the Milky Way, our own galaxy. But Leo T is just far enough that it is "free floating" in space, scientists say. Leo T is also by far the smallest and faintest galaxy ever found that may still be making new stars, experts add.

Image courtesy Mike Irwin, the SDSS-II Collaboration


NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS

ADVERTISEMENT

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S PHOTO OF THE DAY

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.