PGC 6240

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White Rose Galaxy
Hubble image of PGC 6240.jpg
Petal-like shells of the giant early-type galaxy PGC 6240
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Hydrus
Right ascension 01h 41m 30.906s[1]
Declination −65° 36′ 56.4″[1]
Distance 345,000 kly (106,000 kpc)
Type S0d
Other designations
6dFGS gJ014131.0-653656, AM 0139-655
See also: Galaxy, List of galaxies

PGC 6240, also known as AM 0139-655 or the White Rose Galaxy, is a very large and old galaxy in the southern constellation of Hydrus,[2] about 345 million light years away from Earth.

Appearing like a white rose in the sky, the galaxy has foggy shells of stars that rotate around a luminous center with few shells lying close to it while others at a distance. Those distant from the center appear disconnected from the white rose.[3]

The 'White Rose' galaxy intrigues astronomers because the differing ages of its globular clusters;[4] there are a population of relatively young globular clusters around 400 million years old, another group of older ones around 1 billion years old, and older ones still. The ages of the younger two align with the ages of the shells around the galaxy proper. This suggests that the younger clusters and shells formed in bouts of starburst star formation following the merger of the galaxy with another.[2]

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