Space is unrelenting in its expanse and grandeur; in the observable universe alone we’ve imaged billions of objects, but so many remain unexamined.
The individual panels in this image represent each of the 62 CCDs the Dark Energy Camera uses.(CCDs are common in highly sensitive telescopes; the new LSST camera has 189 of them!
Dwarf galaxies like this one (IC 1613) are useful for measuring the potential size of dark matter particles.(Physicists try to hone in on dark matter candidates based on their potential masses.) IC 1613 is about 2.4 million light-years away and is constituted by about 100 million stars, according to a Fermilab release.
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