Release 520 of 1,056
The Impending Destruction of NGC 1427A
Release date: Mar 3, 2005 9:00 AM (EST)
Release type: Hubble Heritage

What happens when a galaxy falls in with the wrong crowd? The irregular galaxy NGC 1427A is a spectacular example of the resulting stellar rumble. Under the gravitational grasp of a large gang of galaxies, called the Fornax cluster, the small bluish galaxy is plunging headlong into the group at 600 kilometers per second or nearly 400 miles per second.

Release ID: STScI-2005-09
Release image
Galaxy NGC 1427A Plunges Toward the Fornax Galaxy Cluster
Release video
A Grand-Slam of Stars in NGC 1427A

Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: M. Gregg (Univ. Calif.-Davis and Inst. for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Lawrence Livermore Natl. Lab.)