Astronomers See ‘Cosmic Ring Of Fire’, 11 Billion Years Ago

Astronomers have captured an image of a super-rare type of galaxy that is 11 billion light-years away from Earth.The star formation, named R5519, has been described by scientists as a ‘cosmic ring of fire’ that looks like a ‘titanic doughnut’.It has a hole in the centre that is two billion times longer than the distance between Earth and the Sun, and is said to be making stars 50 times faster than the Milky Way.The discovery was announced today in the journal Nature Astronomy and identified as a ‘collisional ring galaxy’, making it one of the earliest known in the universe. Galaxy named R5519 has been described as a ‘cosmic ring of fire’ by scientists. It is 11 billion light-years away from Earth’It is a very curious object that we’ve never seen before,’ said lead researcher Dr Tiantian Yuan, from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in Three-Dimensions. ‘It looks strange and familiar at the same time’.It was imaged through data gathered by the WM Keck Observ …

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