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News Release 28 of 959

March 4, 2014 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-14

Life Is Too Fast, Too Furious for This Runaway Galaxy

A Hubble Heritage Release

March 4, 2014: 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.

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

Acknowledgment: M. Sun (University of Alabama, Huntsville)