Too Fast, Too Furious: A Galaxy's Fatal Plunge

These images offer a dramatic look at a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way being ripped apart as it races at 4.5 million miles per hour (or more than 7 million kilometres per hour) through the heart of a distant cluster of galaxies. The images, taken over several wavelengths, provide evidence of the "galactic assault and battery," namely, gas being stripped from the doomed galaxy, called C153.

The composite photograph at left was made by combining the four images at right, taken in X-ray, radio, and visible wavelengths as well as the green light of oxygen gas. Astronomers studied the galaxy across several wavelengths to trace how stars, gas, and dust are being tossed around and torn from the fragile galaxy.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, W. Keel (U Alabama), F. Owen (NRAO), M. Ledlow (Gemini Obs.), and D. Wang (U Mass.)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0402a
Type:Collage
Release date:6 January 2004, 15:30
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 2125, C153
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.246 (redshift)

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
X-ray
Soft X-ray
3.546 nm Chandra
ACIS
Optical
OII
Other
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Radio 21 cm Very Large Array (VLA)

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