The Virgo Cluster

Image of the Virgo cluster of galaxies taken with the Palomar Observatory 48-inch Schmidt telescope as part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. The giant elliptical galaxy Messier 87 is seen in the centre, while Messier 84 and 86 are the two bright galaxies forming part of the small group on the centre right of the image. New observations obtained with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have shown that the halo of stars around Messier 87 has been truncated, possibly because of some interaction with Messier 84. The observations also reveal that Messier 87 and 86 are moving towards each other.

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ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

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Id:eso0919c
Tipo:Observação
Data de divulgação:20 de Maio de 2009
Notícias relacionadas:eso0919
Tamanho:15205 x 15139 px

Sobre o objeto

Nome:Virgo Cluster
Tipo:Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distância:55 milhão anos-luz
Constellation:Virgo
Categoria:Galaxy Clusters

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Coordenadas

Position (RA):12 26 32.06
Position (Dec):12° 43' 23.87"
Field of view:382.11 x 380.32 arcminutes
Orientação:O norte está a 1.1° à esquerda da vertical

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Digitized Sky Survey 2
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