A&S Physics Prof. Benne Holwerda helped NASA discover 'Godzilla Galaxy'
This Hubble Space Telescope photograph showcases the majestic spiral galaxy UGC 2885, located 232 million light-years away in the northern constellation Perseus.
The majestic spiral galaxy UGC 2885, observed and photographed with Hubble space telescope, for professor Benne Holwerda, PhD, may be the largest known in the local universe. The galaxy is 2.5 times wider than our Milky Way and contains 10 times as many stars. The galaxy is now nicknamed "Rubin's galaxy" in honor of the late Vera Rubin, one of the early discoverers of Dark Matter in galaxies.