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Anne’s Image of Today: The Comet Galaxy

15 Aug 2014, 13:05 UTC
Anne’s Image of Today: The Comet Galaxy
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August 15, 2014 The Comet Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Sculptor Image Credit: NASA & ESA The Comet Galaxy is a spiral galaxy with a little more mass than our Milky Way galaxy, located 3.2 billion light-years away from Earth, within the galaxy cluster Abell 2667, in the small southern constellation of Sculptor. It was [continue reading]

August 15, 2014
The Comet Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in Sculptor

Image Credit: NASA & ESA
The Comet Galaxy is a spiral galaxy with a little more mass than our Milky Way galaxy, located 3.2 billion light-years away from Earth, within the galaxy cluster Abell 2667, in the small southern constellation of Sculptor. It was detected on 2 March 2007 with the Hubble Space Telescope.
This unique galaxy has an extended stream of bright blue knots and diffuse wisps of young stars. It rushes with 3.5 million kilometers (2 million miles) per hour through Abell 2667 and thereby like a comet shows a tail with a length of 600,000 light-years.
The Comet Galaxy is currently being ripped to pieces. Moving through a cluster at speeds of greater than 2 million kilometers, is one of the main reasons the gas and stars of the ...

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