Makarian's Chain of Galaxies
One of my favourites. Across the heart of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies lies a long string of galaxies known as Markarian's Chain. The center of the Virgo Cluster is located about 70 million light years away toward the constellation of Virgo, so the light captured by this photo began its journey towrads us when dinosaurs were still roaming Earth. Makarian's Chain, part of which is in this picture, contains on the upper right with two large but featureless lenticular galaxies, M84 and M86. At least seven galaxies in the chain appear to move coherently, although others appear to be superposed by chance.
The Chain's home Virgo Cluster is the nearest cluster of galaxies, contains over 2000 galaxies, despite its enormous difference from us, it has a noticeable gravitational pull on the galaxies of the Local Group of Galaxies including our Milky Way Galaxy.
WO 132 FLT with TMB field flattener: SBIG 11000 CM: Titan Mount
20 x 6 minutes
Data capture 6th March 2011