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The spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 is zooming through intergalactic gas that is so hot at 180 million degrees Fahrenheit that it glows in X-rays. Tattered threads of gas, the blue jellyfish-tendrils sported by ESO 137-001 in the image, illustrate the process of much of its own gas getting caught and torn away by the sheer speed at which it is travelling — nearly 4.5 million miles per hour.

Image courtesy of NASA. Check out the interactive composite image at the Chandra site.