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Polar Ring  Galaxy NGC 4650A: A Disk of Red Stars Ringed By Dust, Gas, and More Stars

Polar Ring Galaxy,NGC4650A. Located about 130 million light years away,---only one of 100 known polar-ring galaxies. The unusual structure is not fully understood---what is left of one galaxy has become the rotating inner disk of old red stars in the center.

pair of interacting galaxies called arp 273. the larger of the spiral galaxies, known as ugc 1810, has a disk that is distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as ugc 1813. ~ credit: nasa, esa, and the hubble heritage team (stsci/aura)

Looking like a spiders web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope. Seen in infrared light, the faint starlight gives way to the glowing bright patterns of dust found throughout the galaxys disk.

Interacting Galaxies Arp 273 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope: The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. #Arp_273 #Hubble_Space_Telescope