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Hoags Object
2004-10-19 04:45:40

Hoag's Object -- Hoag's object is a galaxy of the type known as a ring galaxy. A nearly perfect ring of young hot blue stars circle the older yellow nucleus of this ring galaxy 600 million light-years away in the constellation Serpens. The galaxy is about 120,000 light-years wide, which is slightly larger than the Milky Way Galaxy. The gap separating the two stellar populations may...

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mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.