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Mayall’s Object

Mayall’s Object is a peculiar / ring galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major.

Mayall’s Object was discovered by Nicholas Mayall in the 1940’s.

 

Nearly as old as the universe itself, this amazing looking galaxy was once two galaxies that has now merged into one. It’s very clear by looking at this wonderful galaxy that it was once two different galaxies.   

Since the galaxies have merged into one galaxy, the galaxy is now classed as a ring galaxy, but can also be classed as a peculiar galaxy too.

Unclear as to the actual size and star population of the galaxy, however what is clear is that this galaxy is very old, very far away from Earth and is very beautiful. !

Key Data

Size: N/A.

Star Population: N/A. 

Distance from Earth: 500 million light years.

Galaxy Type: Peculiar / Ring.

Constellation: Ursa Major.  

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Mayall’s Object sits in the constellation of Ursa Major.

# 2. Mayall’s Object is over 12 billion years old.

# 3. Mayall’s Object is 500 million light years away from Earth.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. In what year was Mayall’s Object discovered?

Q. Who discovered Mayall’s Object?

Q. What type of galaxy is Mayall’s Object?

Q. What constellation is Mayall’s Object in? 

Q. How old is Mayall’s Object?

Download questions about the Mayall’s Object here: Mayall’s Object (answer are on this page)

For further reading and more information on Mayall’s Object visit www.spacetelescope.org/Mayall’s Object

Key Vocabulary Galaxy. Constellation. Light Years. Merger. Formation

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