Heavyweight Champion of the Distant Universe

Weighing in at 500 trillion times the mass of the Sun, the young galaxy cluster IDCS 1426, located 10 billion light years from Earth, is the most massive distant cluster known. Recently weighed using data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope, it was first identified with data from the NOAO Deep Wide-field Survey and data taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Credit:

X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ of Missouri/M.Brodwin et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: JPL/CalTech

About the Image

Id:noaoann16001a
Type:Observation
Release date:Jan. 8, 2016
Related announcements:noaoann16001
Size:2136 x 1200 px

About the Object

Name:IDCS J1426.5+3508
Constellation:Bootes
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):14 26 32.54
Position (Dec):35° 8' 21.89"
Field of view:1.86 x 1.04 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° right of vertical


Colors & filters

BandTelescope
X-rayChandra X-ray Observatory
OpticalHubble Space Telescope
InfraredSpitzer Space Telescope