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News Release 26 of 33

June 14, 1995 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1995-07

Galaxy NGC 4881 and the Coma Cluster

June 14, 1995: This Hubble telescope photo mosaic shows a field of distant galaxies.

The brightest object in this picture is NGC 4881 [just above center], an elliptical galaxy in the outskirts of the Coma Cluster, a great cluster of galaxies more than five times farther away than the Virgo Cluster. The distance to the Coma Cluster is an important cosmic yardstick for scaling the overall size of the universe.

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Credit: Hubble Space Telescope WFPC Team, NASA, STScI