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Comet Galaxy in Abell 2667
Sig07 004

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Observation • July 4th, 2007 • 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

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

Color Mapping

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


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