This galaxy resides 25 million light-years away and is an irregular galaxy, meaning that it – along with a quarter of all galaxies in the universe – lacks a distinct, regular appearance. Although irregular galaxies may never win a beauty prize when competing with their more symmetrical spiral and elliptical peers, astronomers consider them to be very important. Some irregular galaxies may have once fallen into one of the regular classes of the Hubble sequence, but were warped and deformed by a passing cosmic companion. As such, irregular galaxies provide astronomers with a valuable opportunity to learn more about galactic evolution and interaction.
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