New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy ESO 137-001 (image) ESA/Hubble Information Centre Share Print E-Mail Caption This new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy ESO 137-001, framed against a bright background as it moves through the heart of galaxy cluster Abell 3627. This image not only captures the galaxy and its backdrop in stunning detail, but also something more dramatic -- intense blue streaks streaming outwards from the galaxy, seen shining brightly in ultraviolet light. These streaks are in fact hot, wispy streams of gas that are being torn away from the galaxy by its surroundings as it moves through space. This violent galactic disrobing is due to a process known as ram pressure stripping -- a drag force felt by an object moving through a fluid. Credit NASA, ESA Acknowledgements: Ming Sun (UAH), and Serge Meunier Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.