Picture of the Day: A Galaxy That Looks Like a UFO

635056main_hubble033012_946-710.jpg

The above galaxy, NGC 2683, is shaped much like our own, the Milky Way, a structure of galaxies known as barred spiral. But, because of the angle that NGC 2683 appears at from Earth, we catch the galaxy's side view, which vaguely resembles the imagined shape of a UFO saucer. For this reason, astronomers jokingly call it the "UFO Galaxy." In the above image, which combines both visible-light and infrared-light data from Hubble, small patches of young stars appear in light blue clusters, mapping the galaxy's star-forming regions. The galaxy is about 16 million light years away.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: NASA.

Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Technology

Just In