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polar-ring galaxy

(galaxy encircled by a ring of stars)

A polar-ring galaxy is a galaxy with a circle around it of stars and gas. Those that clearly show the pattern have a ring on a plane at odds with the galaxy, polar indicating the case where the planes of the ring and galaxy are at right angles.

The ring is thought to be due to a previous interaction with another galaxy. One possibility is a galaxy merging with the center of another, leaving a surrounding ring. Another possibility is that the ring is the remnant of a tidal arm, stripped from a passing galaxy.


(galaxy type)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar-ring_galaxy
https://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/level5/March01/Battaner/node14.html
http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~trinh/
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2003A%26A...401..817B/abstract

Referenced by pages:
Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies (APG)
Polar-ring Catalog (PRC)

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