Astronomers of the University of La Laguna in Spain have discovered the relic galaxy NGC 1277, in which the process of star formation ended. This stellar system has practically not changed in the last 10 billion years. This is reported in a press release on EurekAlert! . Scientists have studied NGC 1277, located 220 million light years from Earth, using the Hubble Space Telescope. It turned out that the galaxy consists of old red stars, the number of which is twice the number of stars in the Milky Way. At the same time, NGC 1277 is almost half as large as our galaxy. Such relic galaxies are usually removed by billions of light years from the solar system. Researchers believe that at some point the relic star system simply ceased to collect matter from the intergalactic medium, which is necessary for its transformation into an ordinary spiral galaxy. NGC 1277 is surrounded by globular clusters of red stars that are believed to affect the original shape of the galaxy. At later stages of evolution, blue globular clusters should appear, indicating that the star system begins to absorb or collide with other galaxies. As a result of the inflow of interstellar matter, new star formation processes are launched. However, in NGC 1277, blue stars are almost completely absent. The relic galaxy is located not far from the Perseus cluster, consisting of more than a thousand galaxies. NGC 1277 moves at a speed of about three million kilometers per hour, which is too fast to delay stars and matter from other stellar systems. In addition, near the center of the galaxy, where one of the most massive black holes in the universe is located, interstellar gas is too hot to condense and form new stars. More important news in the Telegram channel «The ribbon of the day» . Subscribe!