Hubble Observes the Lost Ancestors to Our Milky Way Galaxy
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of the central portion of a remote cluster of galaxies (CL 0939+4713) as it looked when the universe was two-thirds of its present age. Hubble's high resolution allows astronomers to study, for the first time, the shapes of galaxies as they were long ago.
The Space Telescope pictures are sharp enough to distinguish between various forms of spiral galaxies. Most of the spiral, or disk, galaxies have odd features, suggesting they were easily distorted within the environment of the rich cluster. Hubble reveals a number of mysterious "fragments" of galaxies interspersed through the cluster.
About the Image
|Release date:||6 December 1994, 19:00|
|Size:||350 x 432 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster|
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos
Colours & filters
|Optical||Hubble Space Telescope|