Amateur astronomer finds five fascinating new galaxies – and they’re now named after him

A collage of several galaxy images. The one on the left takes up nearly half of the screen and showcases a diagonal, edge-on view of a hazy realm.

An amateur astronomer from Italy has discovered five new dwarf galaxies surrounding a distant spiral galaxy – a spiral that is one of the largest galaxies in the sky above Earth. His name is Giuseppe Donatiello, and those five dwarf galaxies are now called Donatiello V, Donatiello VI, Donatiello VII, Donatiello VIII and Donatiello IX (Do V, Do VI, Do VII, Do VIII and Do IX).

“Of the 11 discoveries, nine galaxies bear my name. To my knowledge, I am the first and only amateur astronomer to have galaxies named after them,” Donatiello told Space.com. “It all started with the first discovery in 2016, when I found in my astrophotographs what we would call Donatiello I. Although this was an unusual practice, the new galaxy got my name, and it was a great joy.”

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