Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have used iconic Hubble Space Telescope to find an irregular shaped mysterious solitary dwarf galaxy named UGC 4879. Astronomers say that the mysterious galaxy is lot messier and smaller when compared to its cousin galaxies as it lacks the coherence of an elliptical or the majestic swirl of a spiral.
UGC 4879 is very isolated and nearest neighbour Leo A is located nearly 2.3 million light years away from the newly discovered mysterious galaxy, revealed the European Space Agency. An astronomer explained that it is the similar distance as that between the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy.
Scientists are very excited to spot the isolated galaxy as it is an ideal laboratory for the researchers to conduct research. Since the galaxy has not interacted with the surrounding objects and galaxies thus, scientists can study star formation and what actually lead to the irregularity of the mysterious galaxy with a better accuracy. Involvement of surrounding galaxies and stars complicate the entire research to unravel the mystery of galaxy formation, its constituents and what actually led to the current situation
Astronomers studied the UGC 4879 and found that majority of the stars were formed within first four billion years just after the Big Bang. However, next nine billion years saw negligible star formation. This deserted phase ended one billion years ago and since then new stars are coming up at a steady pace.
Apparently scientists are unable to explain such discrepancies and mysteriousness of the galaxy. However, they have obtained an untouched galaxy which will provide enough information for understanding the nature of such mysterious and solitary galaxies.
Moreover, Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched jointly by NASA and ESA back in 1990 in low Earth Orbit. It is the largest telescope present in space and has helped scientists in exploring deepest corners of the universe.