At about 250 million light-years away, there is a neighborhood of our universe that scientists had thought was quiet and ordinary, but now astronomers  have uncovered a huge and unconventional galaxy which is probably shaped from the components of different galaxies. Some 718,000 light-years across, the galaxy named UGC 1382 is seven times wider than the Milky Way System.

The new galaxy was discovered accidentally, but researchers are glad that they discovered new things about the formation of galaxies, according to descopera.ro Scientists have discovered a new giant galaxy at about  250 thousand light years from ours, which is  formed from other galaxies.

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The new study, which they are going to be publish in Astrophysical Journal, reveals the secrets of the galaxy UGC 1382, which was believed to have reduced dimensions.

Formed from pieces of other galaxies

NASA researchers have found that the galaxy is 10 times higher than the size stated before and previously thought. Unlike other galaxies, this one is much younger on the inside than on the outside. The researchers said that the phenomenon occurs when the galaxy is made up of pieces of other galaxies.

It was named Frankenstein

Mark Seibert, the co-author of the study said that the new galaxy -- called Frankenstein -- has been formed and it survived because it is positioned in a quiet area of ​​the Universe

Discovery made by mistake

The galaxy was discovered accidentally while professor Seibert was looking for elliptical galaxies, that do not rotate and have a three-dimensional form.

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Astronomers considered that UGC 1389 is this kind of galaxy. UGC 1382 is 718 thousand light years away from the Milky Way and it is seven times larger than the Milky Way. It is one of the largest isolated disc-shaped galaxies discovered until now. The galaxy is composed of low-density gas.

Unique structure

The structure of this unique single galaxy was formed by the joining of some separate structures. Two parts of it have formed independently before the merger. #Space #Science