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Brightest galaxy in Abell 2261

Brightest galaxy in Abell 2261


Date: 25 October 2012
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: 2MASX J17222717+3207571, Abell 2261
Copyright: NASA, ESA, M. Postman (Space Telescope Science Institute, USA), T. Lauer (National Optical Astronomy Observatory, USA), and the CLASH team

The giant elliptical galaxy in the centre of this image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the most massive and brightest member of the galaxy cluster Abell 2261. Astronomers refer to it as the brightest cluster galaxy (BCG).

Spanning a little over one million light-years, the galaxy is about 20 times the diameter of our Milky Way galaxy.

Astronomers used Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3 to measure the amount of starlight across the galaxy, catalogued as 2MASX J17222717+3207571 but more commonly called A2261-BCG (short for Abell 2261 brightest cluster galaxy). Abell 2261 is located three billion light-years away.

The observations were taken between March and May 2011. The Abell 2261 cluster is part of a multi-wavelength survey called the Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH).

Last Update: 1 September 2019
27-Oct-2021 05:56 UT

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