Messier 84 (Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA)

This unusual galaxy goes by many names, Messier 84 most of all (other names include NGC 4374 and M84). If the lack of spiral arms didn’t already give it away, the galaxy is elliptical in nature, but it still has other features to behold.

Especially prominent is the strange brownish-figures that pass over the galaxy’s central core relative to Earth. Comprised of dust, you can liken them to Messier 84’s version of spiral arms.

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This galaxy was discovered all the way back in 1781. Given the discoverer (Charles Messier), it was included in the Messier Catalog. Additionally, It—along with around 1,000 other galaxies—belongs to the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, and can be found around 60 million light-years from Earth in the Virgo constellation.  (See a larger image here

 


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