Hubble highlights two galaxies that are losing it

posted: 2975 days ago, on Monday, 2009 Sep 28 at 20:05
tags: astronomy, deep sky, astrophotography.

A newly released set of images, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope before the recent Servicing Mission, highlight the ongoing drama in two galaxies (NGC 4522 and NGC 4402) in the Virgo Cluster affected by a process known as "ram pressure stripping", which can result in peculiar-looking galaxies.

An extremely hot X-ray emitting gas known as the intra-cluster medium lurks between galaxies within clusters. As galaxies move through this intra-cluster medium, strong winds rip through galaxies distorting their shape and even halting star formation.

Further details in the Hubble press release.

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