A scattering of spiral and elliptical galaxies

This image shows the massive galaxy cluster MACS J0152.5-2852, captured in detail by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3. Almost every object seen here is a galaxy, each containing billions of stars. Galaxies are not usually randomly distributed in space, but instead appear in concentrations of hundreds, held together by their mutual gravity. Elliptical galaxies, like the yellow fuzzy objects seen in the image, are most often found close to the centres of galaxy clusters, while spirals, such as the bluish patches, are usually found to be further out and more isolated.

A version of this image obtained tenth prize in the Hubble's Hidden Treasures image processing competition, entered by contestant Judy Schmidt.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

About the Image

Id:potw1338a
Type:Observation
Release date:23 September 2013, 10:00
Size:3080 x 2916 px

About the Object

Name:MACS J0152.5-2852
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Constellation:Fornax

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Coordinates

Position (RA):1 52 34.45
Position (Dec):-28° 53' 42.23"
Field of view:2.58 x 2.44 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 56.6° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Y
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
J
1.4 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
R
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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