10 Most Amazing Galaxies In The Universe

4. 2MASX J00482185-2507365 Occulting Pair

The Occulting Pair Galaxy consists of a pair of overlapping spiral galaxies. It is located at about 800 million light-years away from the Milky Way galaxy. There is a distribution of the galactic dust beyond the visible arms of a spiral galaxy. Due to which, it illuminates.

The dusty arms of the galaxy are 6 times larger than the radii of the starry arms of the galaxy. That’s why it is clearly visible in the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images against the central. It can also be seen in the core sections of the background galaxy.

occulting pair
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5. Galaxy NGC 1512 (Double Ring Structure)

The NGC 1512 galaxy is located about 38 million light-years away from the planet Earth in the constellation Horologium. According to the astronomers, it is about 70,000 light-years across. This means it is approximately as large as our Milky Way Galaxy. Therefore, it can be clearly viewed using amateur telescopes. It has a beautiful double ring structure. One of the rings is around the galactic nucleus. While the other ring is in the main disk.

galaxy NGC 1512

6. Hoag’s Object (Ring Galaxy)

The ring galaxy was discovered by Arthur Hoag in 1950. So, it is also known as Hoag’s Object.  It is generally identified as a planetary nebula or a peculiar galaxy. There are bright blue stars on the outside ring of the galaxy. While a ball of much redder stars lies in the center of the galaxy which is likely much older than the blue stars. There is a dark gap between the outside ring and the center of the galaxy.

ring galaxy
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7. Messier 81 (Bode’s Galaxy M81)

The Messier 81 is one of the largest and most beautiful galaxies in the universe. It is spiral in shape. It is located at about 12 million light-years away from our Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. There is a bright nucleus in the center of the galaxy. It also possesses grand spiral arms and sweeping cosmic dust lanes which enhance its beauty and charm.

messier galaxy



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