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C153: A galaxy 3 billion light years from Earth in the galaxy cluster A2125.
X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/UMass/D. Wang et al.
Optical: NASA/STScI/U. Alabama/W. Keel
Radio: NSF/NRAO/F. Owen
Optical [OII]: NSF/NOAO/KPNO/M.Ledlow)

Caption: The composite image at left spans about one million light years. It was made by combining the four images at right. These images offer a dramatic look at C153, a galaxy being stripped of its gas as it races at 4.5 million miles per hour through a vast cloud of 20-million-degree Celsius gas located in a cluster of galaxies. Long streamers of gas with temperatures ranging from 10 thousand (visible [oxygen or OII]) to 10 million degrees (X-ray) Celsius have been driven from the galaxy by the pressure of the hot cluster gas. Hubble's visible-light image reveals evidence of a large-scale disturbance of the galaxy. Radio observations depict jets of high-energy particles produced by a supermassive black hole.

Scale: Each panel is 34 arcsec per side

Chandra X-ray Observatory ACIS Image

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