Intracluster light

This animation switches between an original image of the galaxy cluster MACS J0416.1–2403, as it was observed by the Frontier Field team, and a version, in which the intracluster light (in blue) is highlighted.

Intracluster light is a byproduct of interactions between galaxies. It can be used to make the distribution of dark matter in galaxy clusters visible.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, NASA, HST Frontier Fields team (STScI), and M. Montes & I. Trujillo

About the Video

Id:heic1820a
Release date:20 December 2018, 16:00
Related releases:heic1820
Duration:20 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:MACS J0416.1-2403
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Category:Cosmology
Galaxies

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