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ACS image of the Coma Galaxy Cluster (Abell 1656)

ACS image of the Coma Galaxy Cluster (Abell 1656)

Date: 10 June 2008
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Abell 1656, Coma Galaxy Cluster
Copyright: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
Acknowledgment: M. Carter (Liverpool John Moores University) and the Coma HST ACS Treasury Team.

Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys has viewed a large portion of the Coma Cluster, stretching across several million light-years across. The entire spherical cluster is more than 20 million ight-years in diameter and contains thousands of galaxies.

Most of the galaxies that inhabit the central portion of the Coma Cluster are elliptical galaxies. These featureless "fuzz-balls" are a pale golden brown in colour and contain populations of old stars. Both dwarf and giant ellipticals are found in abundance in the Coma Cluster.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
18-Apr-2024 19:54 UT

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