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Anne’s Image of the Day: Spiral Galaxy IC 2560

27 Mar 2014, 14:46 UTC
Anne’s Image of the Day: Spiral Galaxy IC 2560
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March 27, 2014 IC 2560, a barred spiral galaxy in Antlia Image Credit: Nick Rose, ESA/Hubble & NASA IC 2560 is a barred spiral galaxy with a diameter of about 121,000 by 78,000 light-years, located over 110 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Antlia (the Air Pump). It is speeding [continue reading]

March 27, 2014
IC 2560, a barred spiral galaxy in Antlia

Image Credit: Nick Rose, ESA/Hubble & NASA
IC 2560 is a barred spiral galaxy with a diameter of about 121,000 by 78,000 light-years, located over 110 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Antlia (the Air Pump). It is speeding away from us at approximately 2925 kilometers per second.
The constellation of Antlia was originally named antlia pneumatica by French astronomer Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, in honor of the invention of the air pump in the 17th century.
However, IC 2560 is a relatively nearby spiral galaxy, and it is easy to spot its spiral arms, its dark dust lanes and barred structure in this image. This galaxy is part of the Antlia Cluster, a group of over 200 galaxies held together by gravity. The Antlia cluster is unusual; ...

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