The Coma Galaxy Cluster as seen by Hubble

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 light-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.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
Acknowledgment: D. Carter (Liverpool John Moores University) and the Coma HST ACS Treasury Team.

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0813a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 June 2008, 15:00
Related releases:heic0813
Size:10816 x 7679 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 1656
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:300 million light years

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ACS
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