Galaxy Zoo Talk

Is this a galaxy or a gas cloud?

  • Donhaynesjr by Donhaynesjr

    I've been staring at this for a while, and can't tell what it is. Doesn't look like any kind of galaxy I've ever seen before.


  • Budgieye by Budgieye moderator

    It is not a gas cloud. They don't shine by their own light, they need something near them to light them up, and they have even pink or blue colours.

    see 3.3 AGN-illuminated clouds, Voorwerpje

    Some of the galaxies are hard to classify. I would stare at it too. It could be several things, an irregular viewed edgeon, or smooth cigar shaped with disturbance. When 10 people classify differently, there will be a scatter of data, and this is still useful information, it says that the galaxy is difficult to classify.