Astronomers find one of the densest galaxies

NASA reported this week that astronomers may have found the densest galaxy in our part of the universe. That is to say, the most crowded galaxy.


M60-UCD1 galaxy. Photo from Sci-News.

The galaxy, referred to as M60-UCD1, is estimated to be about 10 billion years old and weigh 200 million times more than our sun, says NASA’s press release.

It is said that traveling from one star to another in the M60-UCD1 galaxy would be easier than it is in our galaxy, but it would still take hundreds of years using present day technology.

A large black hole has been located in the center of the galaxy, said to weigh in around 10 million times more than the mass of our sun. The question scientists face now, NASA explains, is how much the black hole has taken from this galaxy.

If the black hole has been stripping the galaxy as scientists suspect it has, the galaxy could have originally been anywhere from 50 to 200 times larger than it is today.

Astronomers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground telescopes to discover the M60-UCD1 galaxy.


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