MUSE view of the ram-pressure stripped galaxy ESO 137-001
The MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope has provided researchers with the best view yet of a spectacular cosmic crash. Observations reveal for the first time the motion of gas as it is ripped out of the galaxy ESO 137-001 as it ploughs at high speed into a vast galaxy cluster. The results are the key to the solution of a long-standing mystery — why star formation switches off in galaxy clusters.
In this picture the colours show the motions of the gas filaments — red means the material is moving away from Earth compared to the galaxy and blue that it is approaching.
Note that the upper-left and lower-right parts of this picture have been filled in using the Hubble image of this object.Credit:
About the Image
|Release date:||10 November 2014, 01:01|
|Size:||616 x 590 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting|
|Distance:||200 million light years|
|Position (RA):||16 13 22.20|
|Position (Dec):||-60° 45' 15.24"|
|Field of view:||2.06 x 1.97 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is 0.0° right of vertical|
Colours & filters
|Optical||Very Large Telescope|