Astronomy Picture of the Day: 4/6/13 – J082354.96

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Located some 650 million light-years from Earth, this peculiar galaxy pretty much spits in the face of the designs of most typical elliptical and spiral galaxy shapes.

J082354.96, as it’s called, or simply J08, is an irregular galaxy mostly due to the fact that it has no overall shape that defines it — as you can clearly see if you look at the edges directly, where there is a hooked shape.

So how did it get its shape? Astronomers don’t know, but it’s quite likely that a cosmic collision took place hundreds of millions of years ago, molding both galaxies into the geometry seen here.

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