A team of scientist discovered a galaxy that looks like a “cosmic ring of fire,” said CNN.
The scientists believe that this could help us understand more about how galactic structures form and evolve.
According to the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), this incredibly rare kind of galaxy has a similar mass to our Milky Way but is shaped like a doughnut with a hole in the middle.
Astronomers from the institution managed to capture an image of the galaxy and can now reveal what it looked like 11 billion years ago, said the report.
Lead researcher Tiantian Yuan in a statement said, “It is a very curious object that we’ve never seen before. It looks strange and familiar at the same time.”
The galaxy, which was named R5519, is 11 billion light-years from our Solar System.
The hole at its center has a diameter two billion times longer than the distance between Earth and the sun, said the group of astronomers in their press release.
“It is making stars at a rate 50 times greater than the Milky Way. Most of that activity is taking place on its ring — so it truly is a ring of fire” said Yuan.
The discovery is described in full in the journal Nature Astronomy.