Big Stellar Cluster in the Blue Dwarf Galaxy NGC 5253

Composite colour-coded image of the small starburst galaxy NGC 5253, at a distance of 11 million light-years. It is based on one near-infrared image (in the K-band at wavelength 2.16 μm; here coded red) obtained with the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) and two images in the visual spectral region (V- (0.55 μm) and I-bands (0.79 μm), here blue and green, respectively) with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The image covers 80 x 80 square arcseconds on the sky. North is up and East is to the left.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0434a
Type:Observation
Release date:18 November 2004
Related releases:eso0434
Size:2289 x 2297 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5253
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Irregular
Distance:11 million light years
Constellation:Centaurus
Category:Galaxies
Star Clusters

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 39 55.74
Position (Dec):-31° 38' 29.56"
Field of view:1.27 x 1.27 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 40.6° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
K
2.16 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC
Optical
V
550 nmHubble Space Telescope
Infrared
I
790 nmHubble Space Telescope

 

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