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Hoag's Object

(peculiar ring galaxy)

Hoag's Object is an unusual ring galaxy. Though it can be classified by appearance as a ring galaxy, it defies the common theories of ring-galaxy formation, suggesting it is different kind of object and its formation remains a topic of interest.

The object was discovered in 1950 by Arthur Hoag, who initially theorized it to be either an odd galaxy or a planetary nebula. It is positioned so we have a face-on view of the ring and Hoag also considered gravitational lensing, i.e., an Einstein ring, which redshift measurements of the center and ring discount.

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Coordinates:Hoag's Object