Distant Cluster of Galaxies
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Distant Cluster of Galaxies

April 28, 2005
This photo is reproduced from a 5-min near-infrared exposure, also obtained during the night of First Light of the FORS1 instrument (September 15, 1998).

This cluster is a good example of a type of object to which much observing time with FORS will be dedicated, once it enters into regular operation.

An enlargement of this field is reproduced this photo. It shows the individual members of this cluster of galaxies in more detail. Note in particular the interesting spindle-shaped galaxy that apparently possesses an equatorial ring. There is also a fine spiral galaxy and many fainter galaxies. They may be dwarf members of the cluster or be located in the background at even larger distances.

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