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NGC 1275

Meet the Perseus Cluster's giant, overbearing resident galaxy. It's possibly the weirdest-looking elliptical I've ever seen because it hosts these very unusual tendrils of glowing pink and blue gas (the blue parts may be part of the foreground galaxy). They are supposedly maintained by a weak magnetic field that somehow both prevents them from dissipating or collapsing into new stars. To further complicate matters, there is a foreground galaxy rapidly falling toward NGC 1275, visible as a disorganized smear of dark dust accompanied by some young and newly forming blue stars.


I honestly don't know what to make of this galaxy. It's always looked bizarre to me, and I am no closer to coming to any understanding of it now that I've made my own version of it. I'm not totally convinced even the pros understand it very well... which is not a bad thing. Even the Universe needs to keep some secrets.


This has long been one of my favorites from Hubble. You may recall seeing it before like this:


Felt that image was a bit heavy on the red side, so I wanted to try for a more balanced coloration. Hope you like it.


Data from the following proposal were used to create this image:

The filaments of NGC1275


A luminosity layer was created by using pseudogreen in the green channel instead of F550M. Helps make the tendrils much more visible.


Red: ACS/WFC F625W

Green: ACS/WFC F550M

Blue: ACS/WFC F435W


North is up.

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Uploaded on February 16, 2020