Release 548 of 1,084

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.