Spectra from faint, distant Galaxies
The spectra (brightness as a function of wavelength) for ten of the confirmed galaxies in the very distant, young cluster found near the radio galaxy TN J1338-1942 . Each galaxy displays a sharp peak in colour showing the signature of its hydrogen gas - this is the redshifted Lyman-alpha emission line.
The galaxy spectra shown were obtained by FORS2 in the MXU-mode on May 20, 21 and 22, 2001. Exposures of 31500 seconds and 35100 seconds, respectively, were made through two masks under photometric conditions, with seeing 1.0 arcsec and slit sizes of 1 arcsec. The 600RI grism was used; it has peak efficiency 87%, resolution R = 1011 at 663.0 nm and spectral dispersion of 0.132 nm/pixel, corresponding to 290 km/s at z = 4.1.
About the Image
|Release date:||9 April 2002|
|Size:||999 x 680 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN|
• X - Galaxies
• X - Quasars & Black Holes
Colours & filters
|Very Large Telescope|