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Gigantic structure of galaxies

This image, obtained with the Subaru Telescope, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan was used by a team of astronomers, led by Masayuki Tanaka from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), to uncover a gigantic, previously unknown assembly of galaxies located almost seven billion light-years away from us. This structure was confirmed by further observations made using ESO’s Very Large Telescope and Subaru. It is the first observation of such a prominent galaxy structure in the distant Universe, providing further insight into the cosmic web and how it formed.

Credit:

ESO/Subaru/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan/M. Tanaka

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About the Image

Id:eso0941c
Type:Observation
Release date:3 November 2009
Related releases:eso0941
Size:7692 x 9162 px

About the Object

Name:Galaxy cluster
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxy Clusters
Distance:z=0.55 (redshift)
Constellation:Pisces

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 18 46.51
Position (Dec):16° 30' 52.19"
Field of view:51.79 x 61.70 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.6° right of vertical
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549 nm Subaru Telescope
Suprime-Cam

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770 nm Subaru Telescope
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