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Release No.: 2013-24
For Release: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 5:00am

"Red Nugget" Galaxies Were Hiding in Plain Sight

These images highlight the most massive of the newly discovered compact galaxies known as "red nuggets." The photo at left from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey shows that the galaxy is so small it appears starlike. The higher resolution photo at right from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals the object's true, extended shape.

SDSS (left), NASA (right)