Image Of The Week: A Peculiar Sight (Astronomy)

This week’s Hubble/ESA Picture of the Week features NGC 7678 — a galaxy located approximately 164 million light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). With a diameter of around 115 000 light-years, this bright spiral galaxy is a similar size to our own galaxy (the Milky Way), and was discovered in 1784 by the German-British astronomer William Herschel.

The Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies is a catalogue which was produced in 1966 by the American astronomer Halton Arp. NGC 7678 is among the 338 galaxies presented in this catalogue, which organises peculiar galaxies according to their unusual features. Catalogued here as Arp 28, this galaxy is listed together with six others in the group “spiral galaxies with one heavy arm”.  

About the Object

Name: NGC 7678, Constellation: Pegasus, Category: Galaxies

Featured image: NGC 7678 Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al. (https://cdn.spacetelescope.org/archives/images/large/potw2112a.jpg)


Provided by ESA/Hubble

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