Interesting object, very bright with many tails and arcs

https://www.legacysurvey.org//viewer/?ra=31.5664&dec=-0.2914&layer=ls-dr9&zoom=14

Can someone in the know educate me on this beautiful object?

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Hello and welcome!

I think this is what you call a “peculiar galaxy” - similar to an irregular galaxy, a type of galaxy with an unclear morphology; very disturbed and/or interacting.

You can find some more information here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peculiar_galaxy

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Beautiful! Those swirling patterns of wisps around this galaxy probably show that this galaxy has “recently” merged with a smaller galaxy; when this happens, the smaller one can get torn apart and its outer layers of stars get spread into these long tracks. You can almost see how the loops go around the core of the galaxy, showing the path of the smaller galaxy!

In the sky viewer, under the “Bright objects” menu, you can try turning on the “NGC/IC galaxies” or “Siena Galaxy Atlas” layers – many large bright galaxies have names and some have Wikipedia pages! This one isn’t in the NGC/IC, but in the Siena atlas it has name UGC 1597, and searching for that on the web turns up a few pages mentioning it - eg
https://voyages.sdss.org/launch/cosmos/galaxies-2/irregular-galaxies/
and it’s also known as PGC 8029, and mentioned here,
https://cseligman.com/text/atlas/pgc08.htm

cheers,
dustin

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Welcome @Galaxy.Kitty !

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I’m so grateful for all the extra info. I landed over here from galaxyzoo and it’s always such a gift of existence in this moment to acquire new tools and skills and communities with which to gaze upon the beautiful abyss. It’s wild to me that such sutnning, mindboggling gems will only ever be seen by a percentage of a percentage of the human population.

I’ve read that the Milky Way has a few such tortured ribbons of stars left over from smaller galaxies that got too close. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could see those rivers of stars stretching above in the night sky?

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What a thought!, yes, it would be beautiful to see those arcs crossing the sky!

(And yes indeed, the Milky Way has at least a few of these streams – one of them the Sagittarius Stream, is causing some problems in one of the projects I’m working on!)

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I was just listening to an astronomy podcast and the guest mentioned that you can actually see some of these in thr night sky with the eye…. News to me and I live in a very remote and dark sky area

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the faintest galaxy visible optically unaided is said to be Messier 81 (Ursa Major), though you need exceptionally good eyesight & exceptionally dark skies ~ M 31 (Andromeda) & Messier 33 (Triangulum) are much easier targets

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