Dwarfs in Coma Cluster
June 14, 2007
This false-color mosaic of the central region of the Coma cluster combines infrared and visible-light images to reveal thousands of faint objects (green). Follow-up observations showed that many of these objects, which appear here as faint green smudges, are dwarf galaxies belonging to the cluster. Two large elliptical galaxies, NGC 4889 and NGC 4874, dominate the cluster's center. The mosaic combines visible-light data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (color coded blue) with long- and short-wavelength infrared views (red and green, respectively) from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
Topics: Technology Internet, Elliptical galaxies, Coma Cluster, Coma Berenices constellation, Environment, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Spitzer Space Telescope, NGC, Dwarf galaxy, Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, Barred spiral galaxies, Galaxy