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Perseus dwarf galaxy

Perseus dwarf galaxy


Date: 11 March 2009
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Dwarf galaxy [CGW2003] J031900.4+4129
Copyright: NASA, ESA and C. Conselice (University of Nottingham, U.K.)

This object, [CGW2003] J031900.4+4129, is one of four dwarf galaxies that is part of a census of small galaxies in the tumultuous heart of the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster.

The galaxies appear smooth and symmetrical, suggesting that they have not been tidally disrupted by the pull of gravity in the dense cluster environment. Larger galaxies around them, however, are being ripped apart by the gravitational tug of other galaxies.

The image, taken in 2005 by NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope, is an evidence that the undisturbed galaxies are enshrouded by a "cushion" of dark matter, which protects them from their rough-and-tumble neighborhood.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
17-Oct-2021 23:21 UT

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