Abell 2151 Galaxy-Cluster in Hercules

Abell2151 is one of the richstest and biggest galaxy-clusters known today.Its distance in the constellation of Hercules measures about 500 mio.light-years and extends about twice as wide as the field in the picture below.

You can find among the 100 cluster-members many spiral- and interacting galaxies.The brightest member is NGC 6041A,which itself interacts strongly with its compagnion NGC6041B.

A2151 is part of the large Hercules Supercluster,which itself belongs to the much larger super-structure called the Great Wall.

The cluster was first described by H.Shapley in 1933.


position (epoch2000):

RA.: 16h 05m,3
Decl.: +17° 45′


image data:

LRGB image with L = 22x1200s, RGB = 7x1200s each,a total of 14.4 hours

80cm f/7 AstroOptik Keller corrected cassegrain FLI Proline 16803 Astrodon LRGB GenII filters

Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile,remote controlled

image processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken


 here you see the complete FOV of the used equipment.To get the full resolution click here.


some of the richest parts of Abell2151 are labeled in this picture: 


here is a comparision of the Abell2151 interacting members NGC6050 and IC1179 with the HST result: 

Last modified on Friday, 31 May 2019 11:37

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