Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Fornax Cluster of Galaxies
Posted on 01/11/2013 3:10:10 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: How do clusters of galaxies form and evolve? To help find out, astronomers continue to study the second closest cluster of galaxies to Earth: the Fornax cluster, named for the southern constellation toward which most of its galaxies can be found. Although almost 20 times more distant than our neighboring Andromeda galaxy, Fornax is only about 10 percent further that the better known and more populated Virgo cluster of galaxies. Fornax has a well-defined central region that contains many galaxies, but is still evolving. It has other galaxy groupings that appear distinct and have yet to merge. Seen here, almost every yellowish splotch on the image is an elliptical galaxy in the Fornax cluster. The picturesque barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 visible on the lower right is also a prominent Fornax cluster member.
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[Credit & Copyright: Marco Lorenzi]
MAGNIFICENT! Thanks, Sunky!
I saw stars like this right after I fell off the jungle gym at grade school and landed on my head on the cement. That was back before they put sand or wood chips underneath playground equipment. Mr. Daniels said I bounced three times off the cement and put a crack in it. They tried to bill my folks for repairing the cement, but Dad told them that they should have known better than to let my head anywhere near something as fragile as cement. They made me start wearing a helmet at school to protect the cement.
Outer Space is big.
God is bigger.
Just was browsing through this cluster a few weeks ago.
Didn’t look like this in my scope though.
Did you have a problem with door handles, too?
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