The Starfish Galaxy, also known as NGC 6240, IC 4652, UGC 10592, PGC 59186 & VV617, is an Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxy (ULIRG) located inside The Ophiuchus Constellation. It is located 400 Million Light Years away from Earth. It gets its title from its resemblance to that of a Starfish.
Profile of Starfish Galaxy
The Starfish Galaxy 1983 by unnamed Astronomers. The Starfish Galaxy's most notable feature is that of the presence of not one, but three Supermassive Black Holes. This suggest far back in time that three different large galaxies merged and from into what we know today as NGC 6240. This would have taken awhile to accomplish however, for fusion of just two galaxies takes more than an estimated billion years. Our own galaxy will one day do the same as the original galaxies of NGC 6240 have done. For we will merge with The Andromeda Galaxy and become one. Just like The Starfish Galaxy.
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