Field of Science


IC 3418 Takes A Plunge And Leaves Stars In Its Wake

The turbulent starforming wake (or tail) of the galaxy IC 3418 is the result of its plunge through the hot gas that permeates the Virgo galaxy cluster.
IC_3418 composite image of data from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (far-ultraviolet light is dark blue and near-ultraviolet light is light blue) and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (visible light is colored green and red).

IC 3418 Galaxy's Tail In Ultraviolet LightCredit: NASA/JPL-Caltech