Highlights of the VST image of the Hercules galaxy cluster

These highlights, taken from a new image of the young Hercules galaxy cluster from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) and the OmegaCAM camera, show a wide variety of interacting galaxies. The numerous interactions, and the large number of gas-rich, star-forming spiral galaxies in the cluster, make the members of the Hercules cluster look like the young galaxies of the more distant Universe.

Credit:

ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM. Acknowledgement: OmegaCen/Astro-WISE/Kapteyn Institute

About the Image

Id:eso1211b
Type:Observation
Release date:7 March 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1211
Size:7958 x 5378 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 2151
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:z=0.036 (redshift)
Category:Galaxy Clusters

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