Abell 3827

Central region of Abell 3827 as imaged using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph on the Gemini South telescope in Chile. The central supermassive galaxy (ESO 146-IG 005) is clearly visible among its cluster companions as well as the remains of at least four nuclei that are being “digested” by the large galaxy. The central galaxy is thought to be the most massive galaxy in our local universe (out to about 1.5 billion light years). The field of view of this image is approximately 5 x 5 arcminutes and is a color composite made from g-, r- and i-band images combined and processed by Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage).

Credit:

R. Carrasco et al., International Gemini Observatory/AURA

About the Image

Id:gemini1006b
Type:Observation
Release date:May 12, 2010, 8 p.m.
Related releases:gemini1006
Size:2448 x 2328 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 3827
Distance:z=0.097 (redshift)
Constellation:Indus
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):22 1 52.48
Position (Dec):-59° 56' 47.11"
Field of view:4.34 x 4.13 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 60.0° right of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
g
475 nmGemini South
GMOS-S
Optical
r
630 nmGemini South
GMOS-S
Optical
i
780 nmGemini South
GMOS-S