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VIRGO SUPERCLUSTER

The Virgo Supercluster of galaxies, contains among other clusters, the Virgo Cluster, the Local Group (which contains the Milky Way) the Leo I Group and the Fornax Cluster.
 

The Virgo Cluster of Galaxies

The Virgo Cluster of galaxies (within the Virgo Supercluster), contains around 1,500 galaxies alone.


Image credit: Capella Observatory.

 
Virgo Cluster Facts

Distance from Earth: 614,900,000,000,000,000,000 kilometres (614 quintillion, 900 quadrillion kilometres), or 382,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles (382 quintillion miles)

Number of galaxies: Approximately 1,500

 

The Leo I Cluster of Galaxies

The dramatic M96 galaxy is a member of the Leo I group.


Image credit: Hubble Space Telescope, ESA/NASA.

 
Leo I Group Facts

Distance from Earth: 359,480,000,000,000,000,000 kilometres (359 quintillion, 480 quadrillion kilometres), or 223,370,000,000,000,000,000 miles (223 quintillion, 370 quadrillion miles)

Number of galaxies: Up to 24

 
The Fornax Cluster of Galaxies

The Fornax Cluster contains a number of intergalactic stars.  Intergalactic stars exist outside galaxies, and do not appear to be gravitationally bound to them.


Image credit:


VLT, ESO.

 
Fornax Cluster Facts

Distance from Earth: 586,570,000,000,000,000,000 kilometres (586 quintillion, 570 quadrillion kilometres), or 364,480,000,000,000,000,000 miles (364 quintillion, 480 quadrillion miles)

Number of galaxies: More than 50