IC 1101 is the single largest galaxy that has ever been found in the observable universe, but does IC 1101 have any other name or at least a nick-name, perhaps something more soothing to the ear and easier to remember?

Many times notable objects receive additional names besides those entered in catalogs of objects. Since IC 1101 "the biggest", I'm wondering if it's been singled out and given another name.

N.B. I know in future another galaxy will be discovered bigger than this. But I don't mind giving a good name to that also.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ I've adjusted the wording of your question so that it better fits the style of this site. It's an interesting question, Welcome to Stack Exchange! $\endgroup$ – uhoh Mar 10 at 15:25
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ IC 1101 is actually pretty friendly as astronomical designations go. $\endgroup$ – antispinwards Mar 10 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ It is actually the fewest, brightest and most well-studied objects that get 'trivial' names, as chemists would say. $\endgroup$ – AtmosphericPrisonEscape Mar 11 at 1:39

This answer is conjecture, but typically when an object has a nickname that identifier is used frequently as an alternative to the index number. In that case, you would expect a brief search through a page or two of Google to find at least one instance of the object referred to by that name. As there is none, it is likely there is not a common nickname for IC 1101.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.