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The Virgo Cluster of Galaxies

The Virgo Cluster of Galaxies

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GERARD LODRIGUSS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY GERARD LODRIGUSS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

The Virgo Galaxy Cluster is a collection of more than a thousand galaxies that forms the heart of the Local Supercluster of galaxies. Markarian's Chain, at lower right, dominates this image with gigantic elliptical galaxies M86 and M84. Another enormous elliptical galaxy, M87, is at the bottom center. At lower left are M89 and M90, and at upper left are M91 and M88. The Virgo Cluster lies at a distance of about 60 million light years. Our own galaxy, the Milky Way is also part of the Local Supercluster.

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