NGC 660 is a small unique galaxy, located over 40 million light-years away. NGC 660’s peculiar appearance marks it as a polar ring galaxy. A rare galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings strongly tilted from the plane of the galactic disk. The bizarre-looking configuration could have been caused by the chance capture of material from a passing galaxy by a disk galaxy, with the captured debris eventually strung out in a rotating ring.
|Scope||Explore Scientific 127ed APO refractor|
|Guiding||St-i through a Zenithstar 80mm refractor|
|Exposure Info||13 x 15 minutes for 3.25 hours total exposure time|
|Date||November 5, 2018|
|Copyright||Photo copyright Thomas Kerns, Beluga Lake Observatory|