The cosmological system is extremely mysterious and strange and we all know that. Over the year, scientists have kept on discovering new celestial objects in the astral system but this time is quite exceptional. A group of scientists has gotten the glimpse of a first-of-its-kind galaxy having two rings in the space. This is for the first time, that the researchers have detected such an extremely rare type galaxy that is encircled by two spherical rings orbiting its elliptical-like core.
According to the researchers, the extremely rare galaxy is spotted locating approximately 359 million light-years away from the Earth. The researchers expect the galaxy to belong to a class of hardly ever observed celestial category, called Hoag-type galaxies. While the majority of noticed galaxies are disc-shaped in the vein of our own Milky Way, Hoag-type galaxies are exceptional because of having encircling cores enclosed by a rounded ring, with zero visibility.
As said by the lead author of the study, Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil from the University of Minnesota at Duluth in the US, “Of all the noticeable galaxies in the cosmological realm, less than 0.1% are Hoag-type galaxies.”
For now, the rare galaxy is named as PGC 1000714. The Scientists found it to be residing some 359 million light-years away from Earth, having an exceptional round configuration that has never-ever been before. The scientists have called it a truly rare ring galaxy having two clearly visible rings. While in the initial stage of PGC 1000714 discovery presented it to have a single ring, the close inspection detected its core to actually have two rings, and it’s the very first time that scientists have come across such a phenomenon.
While, the most common types of galaxies that we know so far are typically disc-shaped, with stars sprawling either in a twisting configuration like the Milky Way or in an egg-shaped figure, the new galaxy is exceptional in terms of both configuration and ring.
A famous astrophysicist Patrick Treuthardt from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and his fellow researchers analyzed the new galaxy PGC 1000714 by employing the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, and concluded that the external circle of blue stars is only around 0.13 billion years old, while the internal red center is quite antique, and is around 5.5 billion years old.