- This stunning group of galaxies is far, far away -
about 450 million light-years from
cataloged as galaxy cluster Abell S0740.
Dominated by the cluster's large central elliptical galaxy
(ESO 325-G004), this
sharp Hubble view
takes in a remarkable assortment of
galaxy shapes and sizes with
only a few spiky
scattered through the field.
The giant elliptical
spans over 100,000 light years and
contains about 100 billion stars, comparable in
size to our own spiral
The Hubble data reveal a
of detail in even these distant
galaxies, including magnificent
and dust lanes,
star clusters, ring
and gravitational lensing
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the diverse collection of galaxies in a galaxy cluster called Abell S0740, located more than 450 million light-years away in the constellation Centaurus. The giant elliptical galaxy ESO 325-G004 looms large at the cluster's center. This galaxy is as massive as 100 billion suns. Hubble resolves thousands of globular star clusters orbiting ESO 325-G004. Globular clusters are compact groups of hundreds of thousands of stars that are gravitationally bound together. At the galaxy's distance they appear as pinpoints of light contained within the diffuse halo. Other elliptical and spiral galaxies appear in the image. The photo was made from images taken using Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys in January 2005 and February 2006.
Acknowledgment: J. Blakeslee
2007 February 8, Hubble Site