OFFICIAL! Iraqi Minister: Aliens Built World’s First Airport 7,000 Yrs Ago

Iraq’s Transport Minister, Kazem Finjan, claims “ancient aliens” built earth’s first airport 7,000 years ago in the Middle East – and used it for interplanetary missions.

Getting ever so slightly sidetracked during a press conference to announce the construction of a real-life, modern day airport in Dhi Qar, southern Iraq, Finjan suggested spacecraft launched from the same area in 5,000 BC discovered Pluto and the mythical planet of Nibiru.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Sumerians inhabited what was Mesopotamia and, according to Finjan, were aided in developing this space station by visiting aliens.

“The first airport that was established on planet earth was in this place. It was constructed 5,000 years before Christ,”

Finjan told a baffled gallery of journalists.

“The particularity of this place is that it remains the safest for the landing and takeoff of aircraft, due to favourable weather conditions. When the Sumerians settled on this land, they were aware of this and have chosen specifically for their flights to other planets.”

An apparently well-read individual, Finjan is convinced he has found the proof for his theories.

He continued:

“I invite those who doubt to read the book of the great Sumerian historian Zecharia Sitchin, or the books of Samuel Kramer including one entitled ‘History begins at sumer’ which speaks of the first airport constructed on planet earth, and it is there at el Naciria,”


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Iraqi Transport Minister Kazem Finjan: 5,000-Year-Old Sumerian Airport Served for Space Travel

During a visit to the Dhi Qar Governorate, Iraqi Transport Minister Kazem Finjan said that Dhi Qar was the venue of the first ever airport, built 5,000 years ago by the Sumerians.

Speaking at a news conference, Minister Finjan said that the Sumerian airport was used for space travel and helped the Sumerians discover the planet Nibiru.

The remarks, which were made on September 30, were broadcast on Nasiriya TV, and a shorter segment was aired by NRT TV.

Video by MEMRI TV


Iraqi Government admits Nibiru and Anunnaki are REAL!!

Video by Path To Ascension

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74 NASA Scientists Been KILLED In 2 Years. What’s Going On?

NASA Scientist Alberto Behar died in a plane crash in January (2015) in Los Angeles – making a total of 74 Scientist dead in 2 years.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: The Unknown But Not Hidden


Alberto Behar had helped to prove that there had once been water on Mars, having worked on two missions to Mars.

He was also a robotics expert who researched how robots function in harsh environments (such as under water or inside volcanoes).

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The unusually high number of scientist deaths in recent years has made people question whether this death was suspicious or not.

Behar was an expert pilot; he was a flight instructor for both planes and helicopters – the weather conditions were clear and for some reason his plane just started to lose altitude.

The Van Nuys Airport pilot Kashif Khursheed said “I can’t see what would be the cause of something like this. He was very knowledgeable, competent and thorough.”

This is just one of the most recent cases of a prominent scientists suspicious death, over the past two years 74 leading medical and NASA scientists havedied, almost all are officially labelled suicide or an accident. Glenn Thomas was a World Health Organisation spokesperson; he was reportedly an expert on Ebola and AIDS, he was aboard MH17 when it was shot down with approximately 100 other researchers.

Joep Lange, a leading AIDS researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society (IAS) was also aboard MH17. They were all on their way to an international AIDS conference. With one fell swoop a large portion of the leading AIDS experts were killed before they could attend a global conference.

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Shane Truman Toddwas an electrical engineer. He was working on a top-secret “one of a kind” machine for the Chinese when he turned up dead.

Melissa Ketunuti, 35, was a paediatrician who specialised in cancer; she also worked on an AIDS fellowship in Botswana. She was hogtied and set on fire in the basement of her home in Philadelphia. Dr Anne Szarewski, 53, was a cervical cancer expert; she pioneered the cervical cancer vaccine.

Ketunuti was found dead in her London home in December 2013. Her husband spent hours drilling through the front door that she had locked from the inside, when he found her she was dead, to this day no one knows what killed her. An inquiry into her death was launched but nothing conclusive was ever found.Perhaps one of the most controversial scientist deaths in the last few years was that of Shane Truman Todd, 31. In June 2012 he was found dead, his body was in morgue in Singapore, he was an electrical engineer.

He was working on a top-secret “one of a kind” machine for the Chinese that was believed to be a defence weapon. Shane told his family that he was not happy with what he was doing and he feared for his life, he was allegedly being asked to compromise U.S security.He quit his job and was due to leave China and fly home but died a week before his flight after his last day at work building this unknown machine. Foul play was suspected and his family began campaigning for the truth, Chinese official said they would look into the matter and try and determine if it was murder or suicide but as of yet there are no answers.

These are just a tiny fraction of the scientist that have died under suspicious circumstances. All of these people are either leading medical experts or leading engineers, you have to ask what could they have known that would have led to their deaths? Or could it all simply be coincidence?

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In a time where conspiracy is commonplace it is increasingly difficult to differentiate between what could be a conspiracy and what is simply an unfortunate event. It is incredibly suspect why so many of these deaths are so odd, the people who were killed would have access to sensitive informationthat government officials may not want disclosed.

BREAKING: NASA Finds HUGE CORONAL HOLE Open Up On Our Sun

SUN GOING DARK!!! NASA Finds HUGE CORONAL HOLE Open Up On Our Sun. Is the Sun Disintegrating?
Images of the sun usually show a burning ball of fire, shining bright in the sky. However, NASA has just released a stunning picture which captured the exact opposite – a giant dark area on the sun’s upper half.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


The image, snapped by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) from May 17-19, shows what is known as a “coronal hole” on the sun, described by the space agency as a “low-density region of the sun’s atmosphere, known as the cornea.”

Corneal holes are visible in certain types of extreme ultraviolet light, which is invisible to the human eye. NASA has colorized the picture in purple, for easy viewing.

Because they contain little solar material, they have lower temperatures and thus appear much darker than their surroundings.

“Coronal holes are visible in certain types of extreme ultraviolet light, which is typically invisible to our eyes, but is colorised here in purple for easy viewing.”

NASA says the huge hole is actually not of great concern, but it remains unclear why the coronal holes actually form.

But it does mean that large amounts of solar winds, that cause the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights to form, have been blasted to Earth. The image, snapped by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) from May 17-19, shows what is known as a “coronal hole” on the sun, described by the space agency as a “low-density region of the sun’s atmosphere, known as the cornea.” While it’s unclear what causes coronal holes, they correlate to areas on the sun where magnetic fields soar up and away, without looping back down to the surface, as they do elsewhere. These would weak havoc with our communications and blast us with cancer-causing UV rays, if it were not for the Earth’s magnetosphere which shields us from them.

The spokesman added: “These coronal holes are important to understanding the space environment around Earth through which our technology and astronauts travel.

“Coronal holes are the source of a high-speed wind of solar particles that streams off the sun some three times faster than the slower wind elsewhere.


Moon Hologram – The Moon Is Not What You Think It Is

Do You Believe the Moon is Real? Because Analysis Shows it Might be a Hologram.

Recent studies of the moon have revealed a strange anomaly in the form of a lunar wave that has led some UFO enthusiasts and analysts into believing that the Moon is in fact a forgery.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


A new theory has emerged after more people analyzing the Moon using high-definition telescopic cameras, saw that the image they were receiving through the scope was perturbed by what they call a “lunar wave”.

Mr. Crow did a great job capturing this moment, along with other eleven people. He claims that the “lunar wave” is an anomaly usually encountered while projecting an image, thus speculating about the possibility of the Moon being an actual hologram.

At first, the malfunction of the camera was considered, but after analyzing the bizarre phenomenon for a couple of weeks, he concluded that the line interfering with the Moon’s surface is not due to the “pixelation or shredding of the signal”, but it’s an actual “organic line.”

If the projection comes from space or from planet Earth, we are yet to find out, but current analysis only point towards the obvious anomaly known as “the lunar wave” and a few more evidence revealed by some Russian scientists.

Known as a reliable source when it comes to UFO disclosure, revealing never before seen footage of chem planes and strange UFOs, Mr. Crow tries to debunk the lunar mystery this time. He stated that:

I have been at this for a long time, I have been relentless in my search and in filming and observing the moon and everything that happens and it is true, from the people I have talked to, and there are other people talking about the moon being a hologram, and quite a few people are aware of this.”

After the groundbreaking footage was released, Mr. Crow tells how he has been contacted by three individuals occupying positions which offers them more knowledge about things than the rest of the population. He was told that he is on the right track, but at the same time he received critics and defaming interpretations of his work. Could his theory regarding the Moon being a hologram actually prove to be real?

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Well, as a matter of fact Mr. Crow is a rational and well educated person, and if we check his theory better, it sounds quite convincing:

My guess is that when the Moon is in its quarter phases, or slivers, or other things, you are actually looking at the Moon. I think that when it starts to get full or well-lit on the face, they cover it with a hologram so we can’t see what they are doing under there… It’s not what you think it is, I can tell you that it’s not just a rock in space… there’s a lot going on up there.”

The space analyst said that after he had recorded the lunar wave, he was confronted with a research paper written by Russian scientists who point in the same direction. Could this prove to be true? Is the Moon in fact a colossal artificial space station with the rest of the solar system being a forgery as well?

With other people backing up his claims, along with a remarkable background in UFO disclosure, we can only hope that Mr. Crow will eventually find conclusive evidence to support his theory, but for the time being, lets enjoy the mighty Moon as it is – as Earth’s natural satellite, and who knows?


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These Unique Facts About Mars May Surprise You

Mars: the red planet, the last of the terrestrial planets, and our greatest hope for sustaining life beyond our own planet (so far anyways). Ever since Egyptian astronomers first discovered Mars in the heavens, humanity has been fascinated by the nearby planet.

By Anthony Von Dari@VOP Today


At a time just over 100 years ago, we even believed intelligent life much like our own lived on the planet’s cratered surface. Though we often hear the planet is quite similar to Earth, it’s also radically different. These differences will provide some serious challenges for landing a human mission there and sustaining life, challenges which we’ve brought up among these facts on Mars.

Whether you’ve always been fascinating by space and the planets or you’re just looking to learn a bit more about our second closest planet, this list is just what you need to get up to speed.

Sources: Space.com, NASA – Images: Wikimedia, NASA


From how the planet got its name to its fearsome dust storms to the question of “Is there really organic life on Mars?”, we’ve dug into the red planet’s history to bring you these 25 Unique Facts About Mars: Earth’s Mysterious Cousin.

Mars: Earth’s cousin

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Bearing a similar tilt to Earth – Mars has a 25° tilt while our planet has a 23.5° tilt – Mars also experiences the same four seasons, though they are more extreme.

Martian seasons

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The red planet’s seasons are much longer than ours. Due to Mars’ elliptical orbit, spring and summer are longer in its northern hemisphere while fall and winter are longer in the southern. They are also more intense with hotter summers and colder winters.

Could we breathe on Mars?

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Though the red planet is often cited as a potential second Earth, we would not be able to breathe in its atmosphere made up of 96% carbon dioxide and less than 0.2% oxygen. Earth’s 21% oxygen is right about where we need to be. Scientists are currently testing microbes that can be sent ahead of humans to begin converting and creating oxygen on the planet.

The first assumption of life on Mars

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In the last quarter of the 19th century, astronomers generally believed intelligent life was living on Mars. Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli noticed relatively straight lines on the Martian surface which he and other astronomers of the time believed were irrigation canals constructed by intelligent beings. As telescopes developed in the early 20th century, this assumption was proved wrong – though not before giving birth to plenty of sci-fi about the red planet, including Marvin the Martian.

How Mars got its name

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Mars’ surface is rich in iron, giving it a reddish color. This composition has led to cultures as far back as the Egyptians naming it after the color. The Egyptians named it Her Desher (“the red one”), the Chinese named it “fire star”, and the Romans named it Mars, after their god of war (equivalent to Ares in Greek mythology).

A valley the size of North America

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An enormous system of canyons, the Valles Marineris stretches 2,600 miles (4,200 km) across the Martian surface and is up to 4.3 miles (7 km) deep. Placing it on Earth and into context, the Valles Marineris would span from New York to San Francisco and then some.

Mars’ rotation around the sun

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A Martian year is significantly longer than an Earth year (the time it takes to make one rotation of the sun). On Earth, we have 365 days whereas Mars has 687 days.

Martian day

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The Martian day is also longer, but only slightly. One Earth day is 23 hours and 56 minutes while one Martian day is 24 hours and 40 minutes. When we do land on Mars, it will be an easier transition than if we went to Jupiter (10 hour day) or Venus (2,802 hour day).

Martian atmosphere

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The atmosphere on Mars is 100 times less dense than our own, making landing spacecrafts on its surface tricky as the atmosphere does not help as much in slowing down their descent as it does on our blue planet. Despite this lack of density, it is still dense enough to permit weather and winds.

Martian temperatures

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Mars experiences much greater temperature fluctuations than our own planet. Whereas the coldest it has gotten on Earth’s surface is -126° F (-88° C) and the hottest 136° F (58° C), Mars fluctuates between -284° F (-140° C) and 86° F (30° C). The average temperature on each is 57° F (14° C) on Earth and -81° F (-63° C) on Mars. That’s a cold planet!

Intense dust storms

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Martian dust storms are among the fiercest in the solar system and are even the largest. A dust storm can envelop the entire planet and last for many months.

The Curiosity Rover

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One of the primary goals of NASA’s well-known Curiosity Rover, currently on the Martian surface, has been to plan for a human visit to the planet. Other goals are understanding the climate and geology of the planet and determining if life ever existed on Mars.

Tallest mountain in the solar system

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The tallest mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons, is a shield volcano, similar to those in Hawaii and many Pacific islands. It stands at 13.2 miles (21 km) above sea level on the Martian surface. Three times taller than Mount Everest, Olympus Mons’ surface area is the same as the entire U.S. state of Arizona.

First spacecraft exploration of Mars

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The first spacecraft sent to explore Mars was the Soviet Union’s “Mars 1” in 1962. En route, mission controllers lost contact with the vehicle. The first American spacecraft to reach Mars was Mariner 4 in 1964 which sent back the first pictures of the red planet.

Water on Mars

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Astronomers have known for years that water exists on Mars, locked up in its polar ice caps. However, they’ve recently found dark streaks on the planet which would indicate flowing water. Mars’ temperatures (#16) would mean the water would have to be incredibly salty to keep it in liquid form.

Martian land area

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Despite being considerably smaller than Earth – about half of Earth’s diameter and a tenth of its mass – Mars has a land area similar to that on Earth due to our planet’s high amount of water. This would only apply to Mars’ current state since the Martian oceans have dried and frozen up.

Phobos, the larger Martian moon

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Phobos, the larger of the two Martian moons, orbits the planet so quickly it would set twice (in the East) and rise once (in the west) every day.

Deimos, the smaller Martian moon

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Deimos, the smaller moon, is so small that an astronaut on Mars would see it as a full moon just about as brightly as we see Venus in our night sky. Scientists are unsure whether both these moons are captured asteroids or true moons.

Martian size

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Volume-wise, Mars is much smaller than Earth. Over six whole Mars’ would be able to pack into our Earth.

Martian gravity

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Lower gravity on Mars means you would be able to hop around much easier than on Earth. Its 62.5% less gravity means 100 pounds on Earth are equivalent to about 38 pounds on Mars.

Is there life on Mars?

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The most well-known supporting evidence for life on Mars refers to NASA experiments in 1996 on Martian rocks which landed on Earth. Inside, the scientists found complex organic molecules and fossilized structures which resemble microbes we are familiar with. Though these findings remain controversial, scientists today generally believe life did exist at some point on Mars (and may even still exist today).

The only other ice-capped planet

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Besides our own planet, Mars is the only planet in the solar system to have polar ice caps. The southern ice cap is made of dry ice and is said to resemble freshly-fallen snow.

The Martian Grand Canyon

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Mars’ equivalent of the Grand Canyon, the Noctis Labyrinthus (“labyrinth of the night”) is a highly varied area filled with steep-walled valleys and sloping canyons. Trapped between two highly volatile, techtonically-active areas of the planet, the area has been shaped by the stress of heat and water over millions of years.

Mars’ moon on a destruction path

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Human settlements on Mars could be threatened by Mars’ moon Phobos – thankfully not for tens of millions of years though. Each orbit, Phobos is drawn closer to Mars by the planet’s gravity. (It spirals inward at 6 feet (1.8 m) every 100 years.) Many millennia in the future, the moon will likely crash into Mars or break up above the planet’s surface, creating a ring.

First humans on Mars

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In a 2010 speech at Kennedy Space Center, U.S. President Barack Obama called for the Americans to land a manned mission to Mars by the mid-2030’s, making it the most ambitious Mars exploration plan by any country on record.


Fly To The Most Bizarre Galaxies In The Universe

Our universe is both massive and fascinating. While we have a pretty elevated view of ourselves as humans, whenever we peer into the cosmos we really see how small we are in compared to the rest of whats out there.

By Anthony Von Dari@VOP Today – Source: NASA, Images: NASA


The lowest astronomical figures say there are 100 billion galaxies (that’s 100,000,000,000) in the universe, and our Milky Way is only one. Take the Earth – and multiply it times 17 billion.

That’s how many Earth-sized worlds exist only in the Milky Way Galaxy. Multiply that times 100 billion galaxies and you have a massive universe, not even counting the stars and non-Earth-sized planets. Here, we focus on some of the most amazing aspects of our universe: galaxies.

The masses of stars, planets, debris, dark matter, and more follow some general patterns but sometimes even they break tradition and amaze us, earning them a spot on this list of the strangest and most bizarre galaxies in the universe.

Most of the strange galaxies on this list are known to astronomers by two classifications: the Messier catalog or the New General Catalog. Messier’s catalog was compiled in 1771 by French astronomer Charles Messier as a way to organize the host of cosmic discoveries happening at the time.

A particular fan of comets, Messier made the list with his assistant Pierre Méchain to filter out non-comet items. The New General Catalog (NGC) of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars is a collection of various types of deep sky objects compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer. Numerous revisions have cleaned up the listing, now one of the most comprehensive catalogs to date with 7,840 deep space objects.

From a galaxy which resembles a cosmic sunflower unfolding before our eyes to a hellish-looking mass of gas and matter to violent galactic collisions which seem oh-so-peaceful in still images, here are the 25 Most Bizarre Galaxies in the Universe.


Messier 82

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We start off our list of the strangest galaxies in the universe with one of the most impressive – Messier 82. Known as M82, this galaxy is five times brighter than the entire Milky Way due to the rapid birth of young stars – a rate 10 times greater than inside our own galaxy. Over time, stars will be created so quickly they will devour each other. (The red plumes coming out from the center are glowing hydrogen gas being ejected from M82’s center.)

Sunflower Galaxy

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Formally known as Messier 63, the aptly nicknamed Sunflower Galaxy looks as though it belongs in Vincent Van Gogh’s repertoire. This cosmic beauty boasts bright, winding arms made up of newly formed blue-white giant stars. Just as with this sunflower design, galaxies are also known for mimicking natural designs such as whirlpools and arms.

MACS J0717

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MACS J0717 is one of the strangest (astronomically-speaking) galaxies on this list. Technically a galaxy cluster, MACS J0717 was formed by the collision of four other galaxies. A stream of galaxies, gas, and dark matter over 13 million light years long are colliding in an area already dense with matter, creating fascinating images for us to see.

Messier 74

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If Santa Claus has a favorite galaxy, it would be this one. Messier 74 is often talked about by astronomers around Christmas time since the spiral arms’ clusters of young blue stars and the bright, glowing balls of ionized hydrogen make it look like a Christmas wreath.

Baby Boom Galaxy

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A starburst galaxy about 12.2 billion light years away from Earth, the Baby Boom Galaxy was discovered in 2008. The aptly named galaxy takes the cake as the brightest starburst galaxy in the very distant universe, thanks to its incredibly rapid star formation – a rate of one star about every 2 hours. In contrast, our Milky Way Galaxy produces a new star on average once every 36 days.

Milky Way Galaxy

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Our own Milky Way Galaxy is indeed one of the strangest galaxies in the universe – one of the most impressive too; and that’s not just us feeling proud. Our massive galaxy is home to at least 100 billion planets and up to a trillion stars – some of which are among the oldest in the known universe.

IDCS 1426

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The galaxy cluster IDCS 1426 boasts multiple accolades. Observed by scientists when the universe was less than a third of its age today, IDCS 1426 is the most massive galaxy cluster in the early universe. It also weighs nearly 500 trillion Suns, a number that’s pretty hard for us to realistically imagine. The bright, blue core of gas is the result of galactic collision, sloshing around much as wine would slosh around in a sommelier’s glass before settling.

I Zwicky 18

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The galaxy I Zwicky 18 has a host of titles as a starburst galaxy, blue compact galaxy, dwarf irregular galaxy, and one of the strangest galaxies in the universe. Astronomers are still confused by this galaxy which shows star development typical of galaxy formation from the earliest days of the universe. (It’s also strange that a large amount of ionized helium is present, making scientists wonder what is emitting radiation strong enough to kick electrons off their helium atoms.)

NGC 6744

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NGC 6744 is a large spiral galaxy which astronomers believe is one of the most similar to our own. Located about 30 million light years away, the galaxy’s elongated core and puffy arms are quite reminiscent of our Milky Way.

NGC 6872

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The galaxy known as NGC 6872 is the second largest spiral galaxy ever discovered. It’s beautiful tail (ironic that it is in the constellation of Pavo, the Peacock) is a stretched arm full of star-forming regions. Since this strange galaxy doesn’t have much free hydrogen, it relies on material pulled from nearby IC 4970 (just above in the picture) for star birth.

MACS J0416

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Found around 4.3 billion light years from Earth, MACS J0416 looks more like what the kids at Woodstock saw while the musicians played. The bright purple and pink colors hide a deeper struggle here, namely that two galaxy clusters are about to collide.

M60 & NGC 4647 – The galaxy couple

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Though most galaxies’ gravitational pulls bring them closer together, there’s no evidence of that with Messier 60 and NGC 4647. But there’s no evidence of them drifting apart either. Like content old lovers, the two galaxies drift together in space, exhibiting only minor tidal interaction between them.

Messier 81

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Located nearby to #25, Messier 81 is a spiral galaxy with a supermassive black hole 70 million times greater than the mass of the sun at its center. M81 is home to many short-living but hot-burning blue stars which heat nearby dust as seen in its spiral arms. Gravitational interactions with M82 have seen both galaxies pulling hydrogen gas away from each other, resulting in wispy lines of gas or high amounts of interstellar gas accumulating in their centers, leading to the rapid star formation.

Antennae Galaxies

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About 600 million years ago, NGC 4038 and NGC 4039 crashed into each other, beginning a massive exchange of stars and galactic matter. Though scientists think the galaxies look like an antennae, it looks to us like it would be better known as the love galaxy.

Sombrero Galaxy

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Amateur astronomers eagerly flock to the Sombrero Galaxy, so named because of its bright nucleus and large central bulge. Add in this spiral galaxy’s easily evident dust lane and it looks like a sombrero in the sky.

2MASX J16270254+4328340

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This blurry galaxy is known by the seemingly overcomplicated name of 2MASX J16270254+4328340. The result of two galaxies merging, this strange galaxy has produced a fine mist consisting of millions of stars radiating out from its center. The mist is expected to slowly dissipate since the entire galaxy is nearing the end of its life with its stars cooling and dimming.

NGC 5793

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Not too strange (though immensely beautiful) on first look, the spiral galaxy NGC 5793 is better known for a rare phenomenon: masers. We’re familiar with lasers, which emit light in the visible range of the spectrum, but not as much with masers, which emit light in the microwave range. Masers are not-too-common, astronomically speaking, and produce light by absorbing surrounding energy and re-emitting it in the spectrum’s microwave range.

Triangulum Galaxy

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This image shows a nebula (NGC 604) located in one of spiral arms of galaxy Messier 33. Over 200 immensely hot stars heat the ionized hydrogen gas of the nebula, making it fluoresce as seen here from the Hubble Space Telescope. (Sometimes debated if it’s a satellite of the larger, nearby Andromeda Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy AKA Messier 33 is the third largest in our Local Group.)

NGC 2685

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Sometimes referred to as the Helix Galaxy, NGC 2685 is a polar ring galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. One of the first polar ring galaxies identified, NGC 2685 has an outer ring of gas and stars rotating around the galaxy’s poles, making it one of the rarest types of galaxies. (Most matter in galaxies orbits the equator, not the poles.) Scientists still aren’t sure what causes the polar rings, but theorize these galaxies may pull matter from passing galaxies.

Messier 94

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Messier 94 looks like the most terrifying hurricane which could ever hit our planet. This starburst galaxy is surrounded by bright blue rings of rapidly forming stars. The rapid birth regions are likely due to a pressure wave emanating from the galaxy’s center, compressing the outer regions’ gas and dust to coalesce into clouds then stars.

Pandora’s Cluster

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Formally known as Abell 2744, this galaxy cluster is known as Pandora’s Cluster due to the host of strange phenomena resulting from the convergence of multiple smaller galaxy clusters. This picture shows the irregularly shaped cluster in blue.

NGC 5408

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Looking more like the colored sprinkles on a birthday cake, NGC 5408 is a remarkable irregular galaxy in the constellation of Centaurus. Though not as well-put-together as spiral or elliptical galaxies, NGC 5408 is equally as strange and interesting due to the ultraluminous X-rays it puts out. Scientists still aren’t sure what cause them but speculate it could an intermediate mass black hole.

Whirlpool Galaxy

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The Whirlpool Galaxy, officially known as M51a or NGC 5194, is a galaxy large enough and close enough to us that amateur astronomers can see it on a dark night with binoculars. The Whirlpool Galaxy was the first to be classified as a spiral galaxy and is particularly interesting for its interaction with the dwarf galaxy NGC 5195, one of the most well-known galactic interactions in astronomy. This impressive and hellish-looking picture shows the Whirlpool Galaxy in both visual light (on the left – showing its stars) and infrared light (on the right – showing its dust structure).

SDSS J1038+4849

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Galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 is one of the coolest clusters we’ve ever found. Resembling a uniquely human figure (like the snowman on the asteroid Vesta from our Strange Things About the Universe list), everyone can see the smiling face of this galaxy. The eyes and nose are galaxies but the curved lines are due to gravitational lensing. Since the cluster has so much mass, it bends and distorts the light around it, creating this happy arc.

NGC3314a & NGC3314b

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Though these two galaxies look as though they’re colliding, it’s just a matter of perspective. From our vantage point on Earth, these two galaxies seem to overlap each other but are actually tens of millions of light years apart. Nonetheless, they produce one of the coolest and strangest galactic images ever recorded.