Illustration of Comet-Like Objects Racing Through the Cartwheel Galaxy's Core

This artist's illustration offers a 'window seat' view of comet-like clouds of gas racing through the heart of the Cartwheel galaxy at 700,000 mph. The large orange and yellow pancake-like object is the galaxy's core, and the white streaks along its edges are the comet-like objects. The objects probably were spawned by a collision between high-speed and slow-moving material.

This artist's illustration offers a 'window seat' view of comet-like clouds of gas racing through the heart of the Cartwheel galaxy at 700, 000 mph.

The large orange and yellow pancake-like object is the galaxy's core, and the white streaks along its edges are the comet-like objects. The objects probably were spawned by a collision between high-speed and slow-moving material.

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9636c
Type:Artwork
Release date:26 November 1996, 06:00
Size:800 x 640 px

About the Object

Name:Cartwheel Galaxy, IRAS 00352-3359
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Ring
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:500 million light years


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