List of galaxies named after people

A small number of galaxies or galaxy groups have been named after individual people. In most cases, the named individual was the person who discovered the object, who first brought attention to it, or who first studied it scientifically.

Many of the brighter galaxies visible from the Northern Hemisphere have Messier numbers, named after Charles Messier. For instance, the Andromeda Galaxy is Messier 31 and the Whirlpool Galaxy is Messier 51. There are a few other comprehensive catalogs that assign the cataloguer's name to galaxies. For instance, Markarian galaxies, named after Benjamin Markarian, are galaxies with excess blue and ultraviolet emission;[1] galaxies in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies are assigned an Arp number after Halton Arp who produced the catalog; etc. Objects in these catalogs are excluded below, except in cases where they carry the name of an additional person.

Named galaxies

Holmberg II galaxy
Holmberg II is a dwarf irregular galaxy dominated by huge bubbles of glowing gas.[2]
  • Bedin I, a dwarf spheroidal galaxy
  • Bode's Galaxy is Messier 81, a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
  • Donatiello I is a dwarf spheroidal galaxy about 10.7 milion light-years, close to NGC404
  • Hanny's Voorwerp ("Hanny's object") is a galaxy of unknown nature.
  • Hoag's Object is a peculiar galaxy in the shape of a ring.
  • Holmberg II is a dwarf irregular galaxy about 9.8 million light-years away in the M81 Group.
  • Holmberg IX is a dwarf irregular galaxy and a satellite galaxy of Messier 81.
  • Huchra's Lens is a lensed galaxy.
  • Komossa's object is a galaxy in which the supermassive black hole disrupted a star.
  • Maffei 1 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia and the closest giant elliptical galaxy to the Milky Way.
  • Maffei 2 is a spiral galaxy about 10 million light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
  • Malin 1 is one of the largest spiral galaxies known and is the archetypal Low Surface Brightness galaxy
  • Mayall's Object
  • Willman 1 is an ultra low-mass dwarf galaxy.
  • The Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte galaxy is an irregular galaxy on the outer edges of the Local Group. It is in the constellation Cetus.

See also


  1. ^ B. E. Markarian (1967), A catalog of Markarian galaxies, Astrofizika 3, 55
  2. ^ "Galaxy Caught Blowing Bubbles". ESA/Hubble Photo Release. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
Bedin I

Bedin I is a dwarf spheroidal galaxy located in the constellation Pavo. It is situated behind the globular cluster NGC 6752, though is around 28.38 million light-years from Earth. Bedin I is one of the oldest galaxies known, having formed around 10–13 billion years ago, and is one of the most isolated dwarf galaxies known, situated around 2.12 million light-years away from NGC 6744, its nearest neighbor with which it may be physically associated. As such, it has been deemed by astronomers as a "fossil" from the early universe. It was accidentally discovered by Italian astronomer Luigi Bedin, whose team was studying white dwarfs in NGC 6752 using the Hubble Space Telescope in September 2018; the discovery was announced in a paper published in January 2019.

Donatiello I

Donatiello I, also known as Mirach's Goblin, is a dwarf spheroidal galaxy located in the constellation Andromeda, located between 8.1 and 11.4 million light-years from Earth. It is a possible satellite galaxy of the dwarf lenticular galaxy NGC 404, "Mirach's Ghost", which is located 60 arcminutes away. It is otherwise one of the most isolated dwarf spheroidal galaxies known, being physically located around 211,000 light-years away from NGC 404. The galaxy is named after its discoverer, amateur astrophotographer Giuseppe Donatiello, who sighted the galaxy in a 2016 review of his archival long exposures from 2010 and 2013. Follow-up observations with the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory led to a scientific paper on its discovery being published in December 2018.

Lists of astronomical objects

This is a list of lists, grouped by type of astronomical object.

Lists of galaxies

This is a list of lists of galaxies.

Active nuclei
Energetic galaxies
Low activity
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