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Pandora’s Cluster — Hubble view of Abell 2744

This image from the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the central regions of the remarkable merging galaxy cluster Abell 2744. This object has been nicknamed Pandora’s Cluster because of the many different and strange phenomena that were unleashed by a huge collision that occurred over a period of 350 million years. A simultaneous pile-up between at least four separate clusters has produced strange effects that have never been seen together before.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and D. Coe (STScI)/J. Merten (Heidelberg/Bologna)

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About the Image

Id:eso1120d
Type:Observation
Release date:22 June 2011, 15:00
Related releases:eso1120
Size:3662 x 5253 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 2744, Pandora’s Cluster
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxy Clusters
• X - Galaxies
Distance:z=0.308 (redshift)
Constellation:Sculptor

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 14 20.09
Position (Dec):-30° 23' 18.50"
Field of view:3.05 x 4.38 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 24.9° right of vertical
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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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