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English: The irregular galaxy NGC 1427A will not survive long as an identifiable galaxy, passing through the Fornax cluster at nearly 600 kilometers per second (400 miles per second). Galaxy clusters, like the Fornax cluster, contain hundreds or even thousands of individual galaxies. Within the Fornax cluster, there is a considerable amount of gas lying between the galaxies. When the gas within NGC 1427A collides with the Fornax gas, it is compressed to the point that it starts to collapse under its own gravity. This leads to formation of the myriad of new stars seen across NGC 1427A, which give the galaxy an overall arrowhead shape that appears to point in the direction of the galaxy's high-velocity motion. The tidal forces of nearby galaxies in the cluster may also play a role in triggering star formation on such a massive scale.
Português: A Galáxia NGC-1427-A é um exemplo típico de uma Galáxia do tipo morfológico Irregular.
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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