Real or Technical Error?
This galaxy's physical characteristics do not directly fit the Galaxy Zoo classification questions. I am unsure if this photo is of a real telescope observation or if the black/purple colors and shape in the middle were due to some sort of interference or technical error. I saw this in a couple other photos as well. Can someone please describe the nature of this photo?
by ElisabethB moderator
Hi j.houghton and welcome to the Zoo
Sometimes the software gets confused and thinks a foreground star from our galaxy is a 'galaxy'.
The colours, white spikes and dark purple/black spike through the centre are all optical artifacts. Just classify as star/artifact. And remember that these classifications will help refine the classifying algorithm.
Happy hunting ! 😄