The Cartwheel Galaxy is a lenticular galaxy and ring galaxy located in the southern constellation Sculptor. The galaxy lies at an approximate distance of 496 million light years from Earth. It is about 150,000 light years across in size, which makes it slightly larger than the Milky Way.
The galaxy’s unusual appearance resembles that of a wagon wheel and has earned it the nickname Cartwheel. The galaxy has been tidally distorted by a collision with another galaxy into the ring-and-hub or cartwheel structure for which it is known.
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