New Hubble image of spiral galaxy ESO 137-001

This new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy ESO 137-001, framed against a bright background as it moves through the heart of galaxy cluster Abell 3627.

This image not only captures the galaxy and its backdrop in stunning detail, but also something more dramatic — intense blue streaks streaming outwards from the galaxy, seen shining brightly in ultraviolet light.

These streaks are in fact hot, wispy streams of gas that are being torn away from the galaxy by its surroundings as it moves through space. This violent galactic disrobing is due to a process known as ram pressure stripping — a drag force felt by an object moving through a fluid.

Credit:

NASA, ESA
Acknowledgements: Ming Sun (UAH), and Serge Meunier

About the Image

Id:heic1404a
Type:Observation
Release date:4 March 2014, 16:00
Related releases:heic1404
Size:3460 x 2366 px

About the Object

Name:ESO 137-001
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:220 million light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
g
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Ultraviolet
U
275 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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