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Illustration of Comet-Like Objects Racing Through the Cartwheel Galaxy's Core

Illustration of Comet-Like Objects Racing Through the Cartwheel Galaxy's Core


Depicts: The Cartwheel Galaxy, IRAS 00352-3359
Copyright: J. Gitlin (Space Telescope Science Institute), and NASA

This artist's illustration offers a "window seat" view of comet-like clouds of gas racing through the heart of the Cartwheel galaxy at 700,000 mph.

The large orange and yellow pancake-like object is the galaxy's core, and the white streaks along its edges are the comet-like objects. The objects probably were spawned by a collision between high-speed and slow-moving material.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Dec-2021 06:40 UT

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