Messier 89 seems to be perfectly spherical • Earth.com

Last update: August 20th, 2019 at 9:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency (ESA) features an elliptical galaxy known as Messier 89.

Located 55 million light-years away from the Earth, the galaxy contains around 100 billion stars and is a little smaller than the Milky Way.

According to the ESA, Messier 89 appears to form a perfectly spherical shape, which is unusual for elliptical galaxies.

Interestingly, streams of heated particles reach out to 100,000 light-years from the galaxy, indicating that Messier 89 was once been far more active than it is today.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

 

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