This phenomenon is what makes NGC 4696 stand out from among the other members of the Centaurus cluster
, making it one of the biggest and brightest galaxies in the observable universe.
At declination -41[degrees], the Centaurus Cluster (Abell 3526) skirts the southern horizon from my observing site in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.
The core of the Centaurus Cluster is dominated by NGC 4696, located 9?
Saving the best for last, the final object in this survey is NGC 4650A, a member of the Centaurus Cluster
Using the 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, the three looked at two galaxies: NGC 4650A in the outskirts of the Centaurus cluster
and ESO 415-G26 in the constellation Fornax.
Tonry told SCIENCE NEWS that he and Dressler have begun collecting data on galaxies in the Fornax and Centaurus clusters
. Centaurus, he adds, may contain part of the Great Attractor.