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The Coma Cluster - A slice of a galaxy supercluster

The Coma Cluster (Abell 1656) is a rich area of over 1,000 galaxies, a number of which are shown here with a mean distance of roughly 320 million light years. This magnificent distance means much of the light released by the galaxies and captured for this photo was released during Earth's Carboniferous period, a time when terrestrial life was just taking hold. While the 2 large elliptical galaxies shown centrally in the photo are directly observable through small telescopes, the faint details throughout the cluster are only made apparent through long exposure photographs.

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 04.2015
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Filed Under: Astronomy
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 14, 2015, 1:19 p.m.
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PHOTO LOCATION Whiteside, Missouri, United States of America