The Heart of this Elliptical Galaxy Exposes a Ghost From Its Past

Unlike spiral galaxies, with their flat shape and twisted arms, elliptical galaxies are featureless blobs without much structure. But then there’s NGC 3610—an elliptical galaxy with a bright and distinctly disc-like shape at its center. Astronomers say it’s a blast from this galaxy’s past, one that played an important… »11/16/15 7:00pm11/16/15 7:00pm


NASA says NGC 6872 is the largest spiral galaxy ever discovered

Located about 212 million light-years from Earth, the massive spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has been known to astronomers for decades. But it wasn't until a recent survey of nearby star-forming regions that NASA scientists realized just how big it truly is. New data shows that, from tip-to-tip across its two outsized spiral… »1/11/13 10:20am1/11/13 10:20am