NGC660 polar ring galaxy

Polar ring galaxy NGC660

This galaxy is truly one of a kind, at least among that galaxies we have found. It’s a “polar ring galaxy,” probably the result of an unusual collision that left the core lenticular galaxy surrounded by the disk of another galaxy that it merged with. It’s a small, dim object, and just barely detectable from my suburban skies. This fuzzy image took 9 hours of exposure time!

NGC660 polar ring galaxy

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