Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies

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Observers seeking new challenges, a good story, and an important piece of astronomy history need look no further than The Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies: A Chronicle and Observer’s Guide.

In 1966, astronomer Halton Arp compiled his Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, which featured 338 images of some of the strangest looking galaxies and galaxy groups then known to exist. The purpose of the Atlas, Arp stated in his preface, was to graphically present structural peculiarities in galaxies “in order to build a realistic picture of what galaxies are really like.”

At the time, astronomers were struggling to formulate a workable taxonomy of “symmetrical” galaxies using classification schemes such as Edwin Hubble’s tuning fork diagram. But the Atlas was comprised of the “Elephant Men” of galaxies, and their deformations challenged and defied astronomers’ attempts at galaxy classification.

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