The "Comet Galaxy" as seen with Hubble

While looking at the galaxy cluster Abell 2667, astronomers found an odd-looking spiral galaxy (shown here in the upper left hand corner of the image) that ploughs through the cluster after being accelerated to at least 3.5 million km/h by the enormous combined gravity of the cluster's dark matter, hot gas and hundreds of galaxies.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, Jean-Paul Kneib (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille)

About the Image

Id:heic0705a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 March 2007, 15:00
Related releases:heic0705
Size:3260 x 1662 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 2667
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:z=0.23 (redshift)
Constellation:Sculptor
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):23 51 40.64
Position (Dec):-26° 4' 25.33"
Field of view:2.48 x 1.26 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 24.9° left of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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