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March 4, 2014 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-14

Life Is Too Fast, Too Furious for This Runaway Galaxy


Video: Animation of Ram Pressure Stripping

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This artist's illustration shows a spiral galaxy as it moves through a massive cluster of galaxies. The galaxy is undergoing a process known as ram pressure stripping, where streaks of bright gas are being dragged out into space by the cluster it is passing through.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser (HEIC)

Selected still images from this video (click to enlarge):

Release Videos

Zoom into ESO 137-001 Running Time: 50 seconds
Animation of Ram Pressure Stripping Running Time: 23 seconds