Around 359 million light-years away from Earth, a strange galaxy unlike any seen before has been spotted.
The galaxy, which is made up of a core surrounded by two rings, has been named Burcin’s galaxy, after the lead author of the paper describing the rare object.
This unusual family of stars could offer new insight into how all galaxies are formed, astronomers have said.
The research, carried out by scientists at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, provides the first description of a galaxy of its kind.
The galaxy is approximately 359 million light-years away from Earth and has been given the name PGC 1000714, according to a paper published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.