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

Om billedet

Id:eso0919c
Type:Observation
Udgivelsesdato:20. maj 2009
Relaterede pressemeddelelser:eso0919
Størrelse:15205 x 15139 px

Om objektet

Navn:Virgo Cluster
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Afstand:55 million lysår
Constellation:Virgo
Kategori:Galaxy Clusters

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Koordinater

Position (RA):12 26 32.06
Position (Dec):12° 43' 23.87"
Field of view:382.11 x 380.32 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord er 1.1° venstre fra lodret

Farver & filtre

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Optisk
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Digitized Sky Survey 2
Infrarød
I
Digitized Sky Survey 2

 

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