NGC2903 feels lonely.

It’s a good thing galaxies don’t have feelings; they’re just collections of billions of stars. Because NGC 2903 would need therapy.

It has no cute nickname like other galaxies; it’s just NGC 2903. And it has no galactic neighbors; most galaxies are gravitationally bound to other galaxies in their local group or cluster, but NGC 2903 is what’s known as a “field galaxy” – it’s off on its own, suspended in space, all alone.

Well, it does have that little dwarf galaxy, faintly visible beneath it, for company. That’s something.

Imaged over about 8 hours on Feb. 13, 2023.

NGC 2903

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