Why is this spiral galaxy all warped out of shape?

This spiral galaxy is ESO 510-13, located about 150 million light-years away. It's a lot like our own Milky Way, with one crucial difference - the fierce gravity of its neighboring galaxies has warped it into a helix. » 3/04/12 4:30pm 3/04/12 4:30pm

Behold a galaxy twice the size of the Milky Way!

Our Milky Way is just a spiral galaxy, but NGC 1232 here is a grand spiral galaxy, its diameter twice as long as ours. Everything is bigger in NGC 1232, including the giant satellite galaxy warping it out of shape. » 1/08/12 12:00pm 1/08/12 12:00pm

The stars dance with a spiral galaxy 80 million light-years away

Everything in this image is so far away that it defies our comprehension. And yet we're also looking at two vastly different scales here, as stars from well within our own galaxy share space with a far distant spiral galaxy. » 3/22/11 3:20pm 3/22/11 3:20pm

Solving the cosmic mystery of the green blob in space

Back in 2007, Dutch schoolteacher and amateur astronomer Hanny van Arkel spotted a strange object near a distant spiral galaxy...and nobody had any idea what it was. Now, four years later, we're finally learning the truth about this mysterious object » 1/12/11 4:44pm 1/12/11 4:44pm

Majestic spiral galaxy is located in the cosmos's most crowded corner

This beauty is the spiral galaxy NGC 4911, located a third of a billion light-years away in the Coma Cluster of galaxies, one of the most tightly packed regions in the universe. » 8/15/10 9:00am 8/15/10 9:00am