Where In The Universe #83

Article written: 16 Dec , 2009
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

It’s time once again for another Where In The Universe Challenge. Test your visual knowledge of the cosmos by naming where in the Universe this image was taken and give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft responsible for this picture. Post your guesses in the comments section, and check back later at this same post to find the answer. To make this challenge fun for everyone, please don’t include links or extensive explanations with your answer. Good luck!

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

This nearly perfect ring of hot, blue stars around a yellow nucleus is the very unusual galaxy known as Hoag’s Object. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this face-on view of the galaxy’s ring of stars, revealing more detail than any other existing photo of this object. The image may help astronomers unravel clues on how such strange objects form.

The entire galaxy is about 120,000 light-years wide, which is slightly larger than our Milky Way Galaxy.

Great job, everyone, and check back next week for anther WITU challenge!

14 Responses

  1. Mr.No.Scope says

    It is Hoag’s object as Mr. Hanford so quickly stated. But let me be the first to mention the second ring galaxy that is seen inside this galaxy. A wedding ring and an engagement ring?

  2. Jon Hanford says

    Hoag’s Object (beautiful) taken by Hubble.

  3. SuperKevin says

    Nice, first comment got it, good job 😉

  4. Lawrence B. Crowell says

    I am late again. I third the assessments above. I had to look this up, for this is a crazy galaxy!. How in tarnation did this galaxy get like that! It would be curious to see that nucleus close up.


  5. Ringman says

    maybe an Einstein ring,. . .?

  6. BlueAmberol says

    Hubble: That thing is called Hoag’s Object or a DM ring.

  7. krishna says

    Hoag’s object,,,,taken by hubble 😉

  8. Wolter says

    As above, lovely galaxy, very strange formation and indeed even rarer to see another one in the background.

  9. Sili says


  10. kammueller says

    Can we get a closeup of the second Einstein ring to see if we hit the lottery and have a third one as well.

  11. ND says

    Check out the simulations at

    The cartwheel simulations attempt to explain how this could have formed.

  12. L0ch4n4 says

    Hoag’s Object. Hubble probably. And I guess I’m really late.

  13. kammueller says

    Oops. Einstein rings are gravitational lensing phenomenon and this certainly is not. Better get my vocabulary back in order.

    Would be amazing if we could see a 3rd Hoag’s object in the smaller one though.

  14. Vanamonde says

    Way cool! And that space between the ring and the yellowish stars in the center is NOT empty – just full of faint reddish stars. I would like to this puppy in infrared!

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