MUSE views the strange galaxy NGC 4650A

This view shows how the new MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope gives a innovative three-dimensional depiction of a distant galaxy. For each part of the galaxy the light has been split up into its component colours — revealing not only the motions of different parts of the galaxy but also clues to its chemical composition and other properties.

During the subsequent analysis the astronomer can move through the data and study different views of the object at different wavelengths, just like tuning a television to different channels at different frequencies.

This picture is based on data on the polar ring galaxy NGC 4650A that were obtained soon after the instrument achieved first light in early 2014.

Mynd/Myndskeið:

ESO/MUSE consortium/R. Bacon/L. Calçada

Um myndina

Auðkenni:eso1407a
Tegund:Uppdráttur
Útgáfudagur:Mar 5, 2014, 12:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1407
Stærð:4500 x 2813 px

Um fyrirbærið

Nafn:NGC 4650A
Tegund:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Ring
Flokkur:Galaxies

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