Virgo A

60 million lightyears away, the giant elliptical galaxy Virgo A is one of the most dominant galaxies in the closest big cluster of galaxies to us, the famous Virgo Cluster.

Virgo A is 120,000 lightyears across, somewhat larger than the Milky Way. However, whereas the Milky Way is disk-shaped, Virgo A is almost spherical, thus containing ten times as many stars as the Milky Way.

Many other, more distant, galaxies can be seen in this image as small orangish dots.