Monday, January 24, 2011


They Just Don't Make Them Like This Anymore

NGC 660, a polar ring galaxy in Pisces about 20 Million light years away. There are plenty of ring galaxies, the result of interaction of two galaxies, a little one passing through the other, larger and usually a sprial, but there are few of these where there is a considerable number of stars in a flat plane configuration within, but in a different plane from, the ring of stars.

I find this one particularly beautiful.

Below is Hoag's Object which maintains spiral elements and pretty much defies explanation. Even better is that one can see another ring galaxy inside the ring, at about the one o'clock position. What were the odds of that?


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