A Ring made of Stars!

Forget the diamond rings, there are rings made of stars!!!

Ring made of Stars (credit: NASA)

600 million light years away in the constellation Serpens lies this unusual-shaped galaxy called Hoag’s Object, which resembles a ring (made of hot, young, massive, blue stars) and a yellow nucleus (which composes of old stars) at it’s center. The width of this stellar ring (120,000 light-years wide) is actually larger than the width of our own Milky Way. In the gap between the blue ring and the yellow nucleus might reside many star clusters which are very faint to be seen.

Though ring-galaxies are very rare but in this image we have captured two of that kind.  Look inside our ring at 1 o’clock position – we can actually see n the background of this ring, another perfect ring galaxy.


About Panchi

Residing in the Solar System (Milky Way), lost in the beauty of Nature and the vastness of Universe, I am just another Earthling trying to make sense of life!
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10 Responses to A Ring made of Stars!

  1. sonsothunder says:

    This is very interesting… by the way, I saw your question @ forums…that is pretty low. Why have a blog if he doesn’t know how to research, or write his own post…How, if I may ask did you find it? There is a (copyscape) badge in my sidebar…they guard, as well as track plagiarism… not sure what action they take…but you can just click it @ my sidebar, and it will take you to the info page as well as the Badges..Bless You

    • Panchi says:

      Hi Paul! Thank you for the comment and specially for Copyscape 🙂

      I just luckily stumbled upon his blog and was furious to see that he has copied this whole thing blogpost word-to-word. Anyways, I went through your page and found the copyscape badge – I do not know what it does but will check it out if that helps 🙂


      • sonsothunder says:

        LOL, Well, it could help you..they at least can run a scan and tell you where your post are going…I’ve never followed up to see what action they may assist one with…But, I do know they easily track down stolen articles.
        Bless You

  2. Abhimanyu says:

    sorry panchi i wil not post any of yours

  3. Nandini says:

    Universe fascinates me too, including our Earth and us. It’s incredible, isn’t it? So many unanswered questions… makes life more interesting. 🙂

  4. Absolutely mind-bending.

    • Panchi says:

      Yeah.. I know 🙂 I have seen nice galaxies which are ellipticals or beautiful grand spirals.. but a ‘ring’ galaxy even for me was unusual and extraordinarily beautiful 🙂

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