How was this unusual looking
No one is sure, especially since spiral galaxy NGC 7049 looks so
strange. NGC 7049's striking appearance is primarily due to an
unusually prominent dust
ring seen mostly in silhouette.
ring is much darker
than the din
of millions of bright stars glowing behind it.
Besides the dark dust, NGC 7049 appears similar to a smooth elliptical
although featuring surprisingly few globular
NGC 7049 is pictured
above as imaged recently by the Hubble
The bright star near the top of NGC
7049 is an unrelated foreground
star in our own Galaxy. Not visible here is an unusual central polar
ring of gas circling out of the
plane near the galaxy's center.
7049 is the brightest galaxy in
of galaxies, its formation might
be fostered by several prominent and recent galaxy
7049 spans about 150 thousand
light years and lies about 100 million light
years away toward the constellation