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Comet Galaxy in Abell 2667
Sig07 004

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Observation • July 4th, 2007 • sig07-004

sig07-004

This infrared image was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and shows a part of the galaxy cluster Abell 2667. The "Comet Galaxy" is the bright red object seen to the left of the cluster center. Also seen in the image is a rare giant infrared arc. The banana-shaped arc corresponds to the magnified and distorted image of a distant galaxy that lies behind the clusters core.

About the Object

Name
Abell 2667Comet Galaxy
Type
Cosmology > Phenomenon > Lensing
Galaxy > Grouping > Cluster
Galaxy > Type > Gravitationally Lensed
Galaxy > Grouping > Cluster
Distance
2,800,000,000 Light Years
Redshift
0.23

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Infrared 3.6 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 4.5 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 8.0 µm Spitzer IRAC

Astrometrics

Position (J2000)
RA =23h 51m 39.1s
Dec = -26° 5' 0.4"
Field of View
4.9 x 3.3 arcminutes
Orientation
North is 23.2° left of vertical