NGC 1427A (Image Credit: ESO)

Meet NGC 1427A: a galaxy zooming through space in the Eridanus constellation (about 65 million light-years from Earth). You can tell right off that the galaxy is unlike most we are intimately familiar with—they tend to have sprawling spiral arms, and distinct central cores.

Rather, NGC 1427A, which is a member of the Fornax Cluster of galaxies, has all the earmarks of an irregular dwarf galaxy, meaning it is small, and has a peculiar shape. There's more:

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