Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ram-Pressure Stripped Galaxy ESO 137-001

The MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope has provided researchers with the best view yet of a spectacular cosmic crash. Observations reveal for the first time the motion of gas as it is ripped out of the galaxy ESO 137-001 as it plows at high speed into a vast galaxy cluster. The results are the key to the solution of a long-standing mystery — why star formation switches off in galaxy clusters.

In this picture the colors show the motions of the gas filaments — red means the material is moving away from Earth compared to the galaxy and blue that it is approaching.

Note that the upper-left and lower-right parts of this picture have been filled in using the Hubble image of this object.

Image credit: ESO/M. Fumagalli

Note: For more information, see MUSE Reveals True Story Behind Galactic Crash.

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