Oct 01, 2018


Four newly discovered Milky Way neighbors

Ultra-faint dwarf galaxies are the smallest, most dark matter dominated, and least chemically enriched stellar systems in the universe, and are important targets for understanding dark matter and galaxy formation. A new paper provides sensitive new observations and constraints on four of the Milky Way's dwarf galaxy neighbors.

Jan 05, 2017

By Ashley Strickland, CNN

Ultra-rare galaxy could be 'one of a kind'

PGC 10000714 is an incredibly rare Hoag-type galaxy 359 million light-years from Earth. Hoag-type galaxies, with a single circular ring surrounding a round core, make up 0.1% of observable galaxies. This galaxy is even more rare because it has two rings.

Jan 04, 2017

By Ryan Beauchemin, Science Daily

First look at new, extremely rare galaxy

Approximately 359 million light-years from Earth, there is a galaxy with an innocuous name (PGC 1000714) that doesn't look quite like anything astronomers have observed before. New research provides a first description of a well-defined elliptical-like core surrounded by two circular rings -- a galaxy that appears to belong to a class of rarely observed, Hoag-type galaxies.

Jan 06, 2017

By Alison Klesman, Astronomy Magazine

Astronomers get their first look at a mysterious galaxy with an unknown past

Why settle for one ring when you can have two? PGC 1000714 is an innocuous name for an exciting object. This galaxy, which lies approximately 359 million light-years from Earth, is the rarest of the rare – a never-before-seen specimen within an uncommon class of “ringed” galaxies. In a paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in November, astronomers took their first step toward understanding this strange galaxy and its formation history.

Jan 04, 2017

By Abigail Beall, Daily Mail

The universe's 'eye' revealed: Astronomers get a first glimpse at a rare doubled-ringed galaxy

An extremely rare galaxy called PGC 1000714 has been spotted for the first time. The new galaxy has a well-defined elliptical-like core surrounded by two rings. Its outer ring was likely formed when it engulfed a smaller, dwarf galaxy . Exactly how the  inner ring was made requires further study, researchers said.

Jan 04, 2017

By Andrew Griffin, The Independent

Scientists spot new, extremely rare galaxy unlike any ever seen before

There might be no galaxy like it in the entirety of the universe, scientists have said. 

Jan 05, 2017

By Peter Dockrill, Science Alert

Scientists Just Discovered a Brand-New Type of Galaxy

We've never seen anything like this before. Scientists have discovered a rare type of galaxy some 359 million light-years away from Earth, with a unique circular structure that's never been identified before.

Jan 04, 2017

By Jesse Emspak, Space.com

This Double-Ringed Galaxy Is One of the Rarest Types Ever Seen

The newfound ringed galaxy PGC 1000714, seen here in a telescope image, is one of the rarest types of galaxies ever observed. 

Jan 04, 2017

By George Dvorsky, Gizmodo

Astronomers Discover an Entirely New Kind of Galaxy

Astronomers at the University of Minnesota and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have identified a new class of ring galaxy. Named PGC 1000714, it features an elliptical core with not one, but two outer rings. It’s the only known galaxy of its kind in the known universe.

Jan 04, 2017

By Gavin Clarke, The Register

Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

A rarer-than-rare galaxy 359 million light years away from Earth has been spotted by physicists.

Jan 11, 2017

By William Wilcoxen, Minnesota Minute

A UMD student's discovery is rocking the space world

A University of Minnesota Duluth graduate student's startling discovery is getting attention around the world. Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil has spent the last eight months studying a newly-discovered galaxy. There are about a gazillion galaxies out there and new ones are being discovered all the time, so that's not the startling part. The one Burcin's been looking at is a very rare kind.

Jan 26, 2017

By Tom Weber, MPR News

UMD grad student finds rare galaxy

A graduate student at the University of Minnesota was studying a galaxy about 359 million light years away when she realized she was looking at something very unusual. Hoag-type galaxies themselves are rare — they're made up of an elliptical core surrounded by a circular ring of matter. But this one, Mutlu-Pakdil noticed, had a second ring around it. Mutlu-Pakdil joined MPR News host Tom Weber to talk about starting her career with a scientific discovery. 

Jan 10, 2017

By Lena Takada, Fox 21 News

UMD Researches Find New Type of Galaxy

The  galaxy , around 359 million light years away from Earth, is one in a million. Or one out of more than 2 trillion to be exact. The galaxy initially looked like what is a called Hoag’s object but upon further research, Ph.D. Candidate Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil found that the core of the galaxy was surrounded by two circular rings.

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