Tuesday, April 16

Hubble Space Telescope Captures Photo of LEDA 42160 Galaxy

NASA has released a photo of the LEDA 42160 Galaxy, which has been taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The photo above is the galaxy, which is about 52 million light years from us. It’s a dwarf galaxy, which is forcing its way through dense gas in the Virgo cluster.

The data used to create this image of LEDA 42160 is part of a ongoing project, which studies dwarf galaxies undergoing ram pressure. According to NASA, studies show that ram pressure stripping can cause new stars to form in larger galaxies. On the photo, we can see this in the bright spots on the lower-right.

Image Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Sun