VST snaps a very detailed view of the Triangulum Galaxy

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this beautifully detailed image of the galaxy Messier 33, often called the Triangulum Galaxy. This nearby spiral, the second closest large galaxy to our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is packed with bright star clusters, and clouds of gas and dust. This picture is amongst the most detailed wide-field views of this object ever taken and shows the many glowing red gas clouds in the spiral arms with particular clarity.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1424a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 August 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1424
Size:19058 x 15983 px

About the Object

Name:M 33, Messier 33, Triangulum Galaxy
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:3 million light years
Constellation:Triangulum
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):1 33 52.12
Position (Dec):30° 40' 26.17"
Field of view:68.01 x 57.04 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
g
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
r
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
H-alpha
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM

 

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