Distant galaxy cluster HST133617-00529

This collection of spiral and elliptical galaxies lies an estimated 4 to 6 billion light-years away. It is in the constellation of Virgo not far from the 3rd magnitude star Zeta Virginis. The brighter galaxies in this cluster have red magnitudes between 20 and 22 near the limit of the Palomar Sky Survey. The bright blue galaxy (upper left) is probably a foreground galaxy, and not a cluster member. The larger of the galaxies in the cluster are probably about the size of our Milky Way Galaxy. The diagonal line at lower right is an artificial satellite trail.


K. Ratnatunga, R. Griffiths (Carnegie Mellon University); and NASA/ESA

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Release date:27 August 1998, 06:00
Size:475 x 475 px

About the Object

Name:HST 133617-00529
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster

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