IC 10 would be a much more well known object were it not for the dimming clouds of gas and dust in our own galaxy. At 3 degrees south of the galactic plane, we look towards this member of the Local Group of Galaxies through an outer spiral arm of our Milky Way. This galaxy is a well-studied object because it is the nearest starburst galaxy to us. Most interesting are the sheer number of luminous stars (especially Wolf-Rayet stars) and starforming regions. Astronomers are currently trying to understand why an irregular galaxy like this is forming as many luminous stars as it does- given the amount of material it has as well as many other factors. IC 10 is around 4.5 million light years away
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