This glorious Hubble
Space Telescope image showcases spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5.
Scientists have had
some difficulty observing it due to obstacles in the way, earning it its "hidden" nickname
Hubble can peer
through the debris, to an extent, as the telescope does have infrared capabilities
Infrared light is
less scattered by dust and allows a clearer view of the galaxy in behind the interstellar matter.
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.