Pan: A high amount of ram

This image features IC 3476, a dwarf galaxy that lies about 54 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Coma Berenices. Whilst this image does not look very dramatic — if we were to anthropomorphise the galaxy, we might say it looks almost serene — the actual physical events taking place in IC 3476 are highly energetic. In fact, the little galaxy is undergoing a process known as ram pressure stripping, which is driving unusually high levels of star formation within regions of the galaxy itself. 


ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Sun, N. Bartmann
Music: Stellardrone - Endeavour

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Release date:23 February 2024, 22:15
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