Zooming in on Abell 2744, Pandora’s Cluster

This sequence starts with a broad view of the southern skies. We close in on an apparently empty region of sky in the faint constellation of Sculptor. As we zoom in further we can start to make out a cloud of faint galaxies that is revealed in the final NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image to be a spectacularly rich merging cluster of galaxies called Abell 2744, and nicknamed Pandora’s Cluster. This remarkable object seems to be the result of the collision of at least four separate galaxy clusters.


ESO/NASA/ESA and J. Merten (Heidelberg/Bologna)/D. Coe (STScI)/Digitized Sky Survey 2/A. Fujii

About the Video

Release date:22 June 2011, 15:00
Related releases:heic1111
Duration:56 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Abell 2744
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster



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