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"Emerald-cut" galaxy photographed

Post  Jackie (Admin) on Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:21 am




"A false-color image of the newfound rectangular galaxy LEDA 074886.

Image courtesy Alister Graham
Rachel Kaufman
for National Geographic News
Published March 20, 2012

Not only are there diamonds in the sky, some of them are emerald-cut sparklers, according to astronomers who've found an unusual rectangular galaxy.

The cosmic oddball, dubbed LEDA 074886, is a dwarf galaxy 70 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus, the River.

Most galaxies exist in one of three forms: a disk with spiral arms (such as our Milky Way), a football-shaped ellipsoid, or an irregular, lumpy blob.

But LEDA 074886 is a remarkably symmetrical rectangle, akin to an emerald-cut gem..."

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