Skip to comments.Hubble Space Telescope Focuses on Coma Cluster
Posted on 09/17/2018 10:47:54 AM PDT by ETL
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a detailed image of a spectacular part of the Coma cluster, a structure of over a thousand galaxies bound together by gravity.
The Coma Cluster, also known as Abell 1656, lies in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices, about 300 million light-years away from Earth.
Many of the galaxies in the cluster are ellipticals, as is NGC 4860, the brighter of the two galaxies dominating this Hubble image.
However, the outskirts of the cluster also host younger spiral galaxies that proudly display their swirling arms.
Again, this image shows a wonderful example of such a galaxy in the shape of NGC 4858, which can be seen to the left of its bright neighbor and which stands out on account of its unusual, tangled, fiery appearance.
NGC 4858 is special; rather than being a simple spiral, it is something called a galaxy aggregate, which is a central galaxy surrounded by a handful of luminous knots of material that seem to stem from it, extending and tearing away and adding to or altering its overall structure.
The galaxy is also experiencing an extremely high rate of star formation, possibly triggered by an earlier interaction with another galaxy.
As we see it, NGC 4858 is forming stars so frantically that it will use up all of its gas long before it reaches the end of its life.
The color of its bright knots indicates that they are formed of hydrogen, which glows in various shades of bright red as it is energized by the many young, hot stars lurking within.
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High res image here:
Coma, Coma, Coma, Coma, Coma, Chameleon.................
How long before it dwindles into a mere apostrophe?
Looks like a nice place.
a. I don’t know why you put up with us...
b. More proof that Humans are LESS than insignificant in the Grand Scheme of Things.
c. God is STILL on His Throne. :)
Their is no Hubble telescope.
The Coma Cluster (Abell 1656) is a large cluster of galaxies that contains over 1,000 identified galaxies. Along with the Leo Cluster (Abell 1367), it is one of the two major clusters comprising the Coma Supercluster. It is located in and takes its name from the constellation Coma Berenices.
The cluster’s mean distance from Earth is 99 Mpc (321 million light years). Its ten brightest spiral galaxies have apparent magnitudes of 1214 that are observable with amateur telescopes larger than 20 cm. The central region is dominated by two supergiant elliptical galaxies: NGC 4874 and NGC 4889.
The cluster is within a few degrees of the north galactic pole on the sky. Most of the galaxies that inhabit the central portion of the Coma Cluster are ellipticals. Both dwarf and giant ellipticals are found in abundance in the Coma Cluster.
Already has and then to a period then nothing. The light that you are seeing is from 300 million years ago.
Impressive to think that we might be the only beings able to observe it and understand what it is.
300 million years isn't all that much in the lifetime of galaxies.
Stuff like this puts me in awe. Seeing that image, my mind directly traveled many moons back *1997*: A good friend and I traveled from DFW to the Kiamichi Mts. in E. Oklahoma for a couple of days/nights just to view comet Hale Bopp. We stayed up all night both nights just staring and contemplating... It was purely, naturally magical, almost mystical. I was floored at the very least.
No childish quips here ;)
Light will still be streaming from Coma when we humans are gone.
We were walking home from an event Friday night and looking up at the sky. The planets were surprisingly visible especially in the small town where we had our event. The fingernail moon... and I could find Mars from its reddish tint.
Or the time that we saw Saturn using our hobby telescope. Thought that there was a smudge on the lens and then we realized that it was the rings that made it look distorted. Very exciting.
This is what exists - Read Genesis 1:14
There are no satellites.
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