Hubble views NGC 4402

The image of NGC 4402 highlights some telltale signs of ram pressure stripping such as the curved, or convex, appearance of the disc of gas and dust, a result of the forces exerted by the heated gas. Light being emitted by the disc backlights the swirling dust that is being swept out by the gas. Studying ram pressure stripping helps astronomers better understand the mechanisms that drive the evolution of galaxies, and how the rate of star formation is suppressed in very dense regions of the Universe like clusters.

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NASA & ESA

About the Image

Id:heic0911c
Type:Observation
Release date:30 September 2009, 15:00
Related releases:heic0911
Size:3427 x 3427 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4402
Type:• Milky Way : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:55 million light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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505 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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