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HubbleSite Galaxy NGC 4881 and the Coma Cluster

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This Hubble telescope photo mosaic shows a field of distant galaxies.

The brightest object in this picture is NGC 4881 [just above center], an elliptical galaxy in the outskirts of the Coma Cluster, a great cluster of galaxies more than five times farther away than the Virgo Cluster. The distance to the Coma Cluster is an important cosmic yardstick for scaling the overall size of the universe.

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