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Life Is Too Fast, Too Furious for This Runaway Galaxy

Release date: Mar 4, 2014 10:00 AM (EST)
Life Is Too Fast, Too Furious for This Runaway Galaxy
Release type: Hubble Heritage

Our spiral-shaped Milky Way galaxy lives in a comparatively quiet backwater region of the universe. This is not the case for galaxies crammed together inside huge clusters. As they zip around within a cluster, gas can be pulled from their disks due to a process called ram pressure stripping. Galaxy ESO 137-001 is one example. The star-city looks like it is "leaking" as it plunges through the Norma galaxy cluster.