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.

Të drejtat:

ESO/M. Fumagalli

Rreth fotografisë

Data e Publikimit:Nën 10, 2014, 01:01 CET
Publikime të ngjashme:eso1437
Përmasat:616 x 590 px

Rreth objektit

Emri:ESO 137-001
Tipi:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Distanca:200 milion vite dritë
Constellation:Triangulum Australe

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Position (RA):16 13 22.20
Position (Dec):-60° 45' 15.24"
Field of view:2.06 x 1.97 arcminutes
Orientimi:Veriu është 0.0° djathtas vertikales

Ngjyra & filtera

OptikVery Large Telescope