Image of a galaxy located about 45 million light-years away

Image of NGC 660 by NASA (Credit: Hubble/NASA/European Space Agency)
Image of NGC 660 by NASA (Credit: Hubble/NASA/European Space Agency)

NASA has recently published a new Hubble image of NGC 660; a galaxy classified as “polar ring galaxy,” and is located about 45 million light-years away from Earth.

Polar ring galaxy means “it has a belt of gas and stars around its center that it ripped from a near neighbor during a clash about one billion years ago.” First galaxy of this type was found in 1978 and few types of them have been found since then showing that it is a rare type of phenomenon.

Although, this image does not show the polar ring of NGC 660 but some of its properties such as its central bulge that is more unusual and is thought to have a huge amounts of dark matter, is of particular interest for astronomers.

Source:

Hubble Sees a Bizarre Cosmic Rarity: NGC 660 – NASA (http://goo.gl/H0k2w8)

Usman Zafar Paracha

Usman Zafar Paracha is a sort of entrepreneur. He is the author of "Color Atlas of Statistics", and the owner of an Android game "Faily Rocket."

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