10 Galaxies and Weird Facts



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10 Galaxies and Weird Facts

The Universe is an amazing place, full of wonder and mystery. To think, our understanding of the Universe wouldn’t even register on a scale is crazy to imagine.

As numerous scientists, mathematicians, physicists, astronomers and more work to increase and broaden our grasp of the Universe, we start small and work our way out.

Galaxies are the largest creations within the Universe and some of the most beautiful objects in creation. As we search the skies for answers, we can’t help but stumble upon more and more galaxies which help to further our research and scientific data.

These massive objects; home to nebulae, black holes, solar systems, stars, planets, moons, comets, asteroids and much more are completely different and each worth studying. This infographic is a collection of 10 of most amazing and beautiful galaxies and weird facts!

Galaxies and Weird Facts #10 – Hoag’s Object

  • Distance from Earth: 612 million light years.

  • Location: Serpens Caput Constellation.

  • Diameter: 121,000 light years.

Hoag’s Object is a Ring Galaxy, unlike any other discovered galaxy in its class; Hoag’s Object has a Ring Galaxy inside of itself. This unique feature makes Hoag’s Object a Double Ring Galaxy.



“Hoag’s object” by NASA – http://goo.gl/bBxe7D. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://goo.gl/uU3cF2


Galaxies and Weird Facts #9 – Arp 87

  • Distance from Earth: 300 million light years.

  • Location: Leo Constellation.

  • Diameter: 75,000 light years.

The Arp 87 Galaxy is a pair of galaxies; NGC 3808A and NGC 3808B. These two smaller galaxies had a near collision billions of years ago, leaving them rotating between the tidal forces of each other’s gravity. Eventually, these two galaxies will continue circling around one another until they merge and become one massive elliptical galaxy



Photo by NASA, http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap071101.html


Galaxies and Weird Facts #8 – Antennae Galaxies

  • Distance from Earth: 45 – 65 million light years.

  • Location: Corvus Constellation.

  • Diameter: 350,000 light years.

The Antennae Galaxies are a set of two galaxies in the middle of merging. The larger galaxy is swallowing up the smaller one, this merger is causing something unique; a star burst (no, not the candy). A star burst is a region of space with an abnormally fast rate of star formation, which is extremely unusual. In this image, all the pink and red gas will be consumed to form new stars. Eventually, these two galaxies will form one large elliptical galaxy.



“Antennae Galaxies reloaded” by ESA/Hubble. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons – https://goo.gl/uPCL0X


Galaxies and Weird Facts #7 – Sombrero Galaxy

  • Distance from Earth: 28 million light years.

  • Location: Virgo Constellation.

  • Diameter: 50,000 light years.

The Sombrero Galaxy has a unique feature which contains a loop of dust encircling its outer perimeter. This collection of dust shouldn’t even exist given the vast amount of radiation being emitted from the core of the Sombrero Galaxy.



“M104 ngc4594 sombrero galaxy hi-res” by NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) – http://goo.gl/ORP03c. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://goo.gl/8T4wl0


Galaxies and Weird Facts #6 – Centaurus A

  • Distance from Earth: 11 million light years.

  • Location: Centaurus Constellation.

  • Diameter: 25,000 light years.

The Centaurus A Galaxy is a truly unique and beautiful pair of two smaller galaxies having previously merged with one another. The weird thing with the Centaurus A Galaxy is one of the merging galaxies, a spiral galaxy, has remained in tact and kept its shape. Usually, a merger of galaxies destroys one another and forms a new and larger galaxy.



“NGC 5128 galaxy” by ESO – http://goo.gl/PlNmvd. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Commons – https://goo.gl/5ixSWH


Galaxies and Weird Facts #5 – The Southern Pinwheel

  • Distance from Earth: 15 million light years.

  • Location: Hydra Constellation.

  • Diameter: 55,000 light years.

The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy isn’t just fun to say, it’s also emitting vast amounts of pink coloring. In UV light, glowing pink is a sign of new-born stars. Due to the high rate of star birth, there’s a significant amount of star death; causing The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy to have some of the highest counts of supernovae.



“Hubble view of barred spiral galaxy Messier 83” by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Acknowledgement: William Blair (Johns Hopkins University) – http://goo.gl/RGzkst. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://goo.gl/zqtrSy


Galaxies and Weird Facts #4 – NGC 474

  • Distance from Earth: 100 million light years.

  • Location: Pisces Constellation.

  • Diameter: 250,000 light years.

The NGC 474 Galaxy is right in the middle of the process of a galactic merger. These two galaxies are so close their gravity is drawing them together. What’s weird about this unique case is that only one of the galaxies appears to be affected by this collision.



Photo by NASA, http://goo.gl/kOwd5q


Galaxies and Weird Facts #3 – NGC 660

  • Distance from Earth: 45 million light years.

  • Location: Pisces Constellation.

  • Diameter: 50,000 light years.

The NGC 660 Galaxy is an extremely rare galaxy referred to as a polar-ring galaxy. These two galaxies collided billions of years ago and formed this extremely special shape. It’s hypothesized to have formed like this due to the gravitational interaction the galaxy could have had with another galaxy and caused it to be “strung out” over time.



Photo by NASA, http://goo.gl/uUEwTg


Galaxies and Weird Facts #2 – The Porpoise Galaxy

  • Distance from Earth: 230 – 326 million light years.

  • Location: Hydra Constellation.

  • Diameter: 110,000 light years.

The Porpoise Galaxy is in the middle of a collision of two galaxies where the larger of the two isn’t being disturbed. The bright and smaller galaxy in the bottom left is stretching out and merging with the larger galaxy above it. Because of this, millions of new stars are forming at the tip of the “nose”.



Photo by NASA, http://goo.gl/TgqAOl


Galaxies and Weird Facts #1 – The Black Eye Galaxy

  • Distance from Earth: 19 million light years.

  • Location: Coma Berenices Constellation.

  • Diameter: 70,000 light years.

The Black Eye Galaxy is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking galaxies ever captured on film. While a merger of two galaxies isn’t uncommon by any means, what makes this galaxy so unique is that the two galaxies merging to form this larger galaxy are spinning in opposite directions. The theory behind this anomaly is that the two galaxies are of equal mass.



Photo by NASA, http://goo.gl/GltS9T


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