Coma Cluster
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Coma Cluster

March 31, 2003
Atlas Image mosaic, covering 34´ × 34´ on the sky, of the Coma cluster, aka Abell 1656. This is a particularly rich cluster of individual galaxies (over 1000 members), most prominently the two giant ellipticals, NGC 4874 (right) and NGC 4889 (left). The remaining members are mostly smaller ellipticals, but spiral galaxies are also evident in the 2MASS image. The cluster is seen toward the constellation Coma Berenices, but is actually at a distance of about 330 million light years from us. 2001 June 13-19

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