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Newly released images, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope before the recent Servicing Mission, highlight the ongoing drama in two
galaxies in the Virgo Cluster affected by a process known as 'ram pressure stripping', which can result in peculiar-looking galaxies.
An extremely hot X-ray-emitting gas known as the intra-cluster medium lurks between galaxies within clusters. As galaxies move through this intra-cluster medium, strong winds rip through galaxies distorting their shape and even halting star formation.
Ram pressure is the drag force that results when something moves through a fluid - much like the wind you feel in your face when bicycling, even on a still day - and occurs in this context as galaxies orbiting about the centre of the cluster move through the intra-cluster medium, which then sweeps out gas from within the galaxies.