Science, Space and Astronomy

Four times the size of the Milky Way

NGC 6872

NGC 6872, credit to Sydney Girls High School Astronomy Club, Travis Rector (Univ. Alaska), Ángel López-Sánchez (Australian Astronomical Obs./ Macquarie Univ.), Australian Gemini Office, click the image for more info!


The universe is so beautiful, don’t you think? This is the Astronomy Picture of the Day for April 3. According to the site,

Over 400,000 light years across NGC 6872 is an enormous spiral galaxy, at least 4 times the size of our own, very large, Milky Way. About 200 million light-years distant, toward the southern constellation Pavo, the Peacock, the remarkable galaxy’s stretched out shape is due to its ongoing gravitational interaction, likely leading to an eventual merger, with the nearby smaller galaxy IC 4970.

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