Zooming in on merging galaxies and a string of star formation in SDSS J1531+3414

This video shows a zoom into two galaxies from the cluster SDSS J1531+3414. The two galaxies have been found to be merging into one and a "chain" of young stellar superclusters are seen winding around the galaxies’ nuclei. The galaxies are surrounded by an egg-shaped blue ring caused by the immense gravity of the cluster bending light from other galaxies beyond it.


ESA/Hubble, NASA, Digitized Sky Survey (DSS) and Grant Tremblay (European Southern Observatory)

About the Video

Release date:10 July 2014, 16:00
Related releases:heic1414
Duration:50 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:[HGO2008]SDSS J1531+3414
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting



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