Hubble telescope spots stunning 'Hidden Galaxy' hiding behind our own Milky Way

One of the most powerful tools the world knows when it comes to measuring the interstellar is the Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble can peer through the debris, to an extent, as the telescope does have infrared capabilities

This glorious Hubble Space Telescope image showcases spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5

Image credit: NASA

No matter what you call this galaxy, scientists have had some difficulty observing it due to obstacles in the way, earning it its "hidden" nickname, according to NASA.

"It appears near the equator of the Milky Way's pearly disk, which is crowded with thick cosmic gas, dark dust, and glowing stars that all obscure our view," NASA .

IC 342 is also relatively close in galactic terms, only 11 million light-years from Earth.

It's about half the diameter of our own Milky Way (50,000 light-years across), making it relatively large, too

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