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rtroxel
2014-Mar-05, 04:01 PM
Spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 is ramming through the Norma galaxy cluster so hard it's spilling its guts out, leaving bright blue streaks of its own gases behind. This is indeed a "peculiar" galaxy.

"The spiral is zooming in between other galaxies in the Norma cluster, over 200 million light years away, at a speed of nearly 4.5 million miles an hour. The galaxy is ploughing through so rapidly that much of its own gas is being caught and torn away in a process called "ram pressure stripping". Only the binding force of the galaxy's stars' gravity keeps them intact."

There are two interesting articles on this galaxy, at these links:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/05/spiral_galaxy_loses_gas_high_speed_journey/

http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/hubble-reveals-bloodbath-in-space/

Roy in Taos

Swift
2014-Mar-05, 04:25 PM
Hi rtroxel,

I didn't see a question in your post. If you are sharing this information, rather than asking a question about it, just say the word, and I'll move your thread to the Astronomy section.

rtroxel
2014-Mar-05, 11:36 PM
No, I wasn't asking a question. I was just trying to begin a discussion about this remarkable galaxy. If I posted this in the wrong forum, just move it to the correct one.

Thanks and clear skies,

Roy in Taos

Swift
2014-Mar-06, 01:59 PM
Moved from Q&A to Astronomy