Pandora’s Cluster (combined Hubble and VLT view)

This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744 combines data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, with an image taken with the ESO VLT. Hubble provides the central, most detailed part of the image, while the VLT offers a wider field of view.

This object has been nicknamed Pandora’s Cluster because of the many different and strange phenomena that were unleashed by a huge collision that occurred over a period of 350 million years. A simultaneous pile-up between at least four separate clusters has produced strange effects that have never been seen together before.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, ESO and D. Coe (STScI)/J. Merten (Heidelberg/Bologna)

About the Image

Id:eso1120c
Type:Observation
Release date:22 June 2011, 15:00
Related releases:eso1120
Size:8068 x 8067 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 2744
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:z=0.308 (redshift)
Constellation:Sculptor
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 14 20.51
Position (Dec):-30° 23' 57.19"
Field of view:6.72 x 6.72 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
B
435 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
V
606 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
I
814 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS

 

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