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Case Astronomers Find Vast Stellar Web Spun By Colliding Galaxies

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September 21, 2005
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Case Western Reserve University astronomers have captured the deepest wide-field image ever of the nearby Virgo cluster of galaxies, directly revealing for the first time a vast, complex web of "intracluster starlight" -- nearly 1,000 times fainter than the dark night sky -- filling the space between the galaxies within the cluster.

The deep, wide-field image of the Virgo Cluster, revealing its complex web of diffuse intracluster light. The dark circles are areas where bright foreground stars in our own galaxy have been masked out of the image.
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