A hypnotic golden spiral

This image features the spectacular galaxy NGC 4254, also known as Messier 99. It’s an example of a grand design spiral galaxy, featuring strong, prominent, well-defined arms that wrap clearly around the galaxy’s centre.

Messier 99 is located 49 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Coma Berenices. Here it was imaged in exquisite detail by the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). It is a combination of observations conducted in different colours, or wavelengths, of light, showing clouds of gas ionised by newly born stars. Hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur gas are shown in red, blue and orange respectively.

The image was taken as part of the Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby GalaxieS (PHANGS) project, which is making high-resolution observations of nearby galaxies across all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum to understand the life-cycle of star formation in galaxies.

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ESO/PHANGS

Rreth fotografisë

Id:potw2211a
Tipi:Vëzhgim
Data e Publikimit:Mar 14, 2022, 06:00 CET
Përmasat:1172 x 800 px

Rreth objektit

Emri:NGC 4254
Tipi:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distanca:50 milion vite dritë
Constellation:Coma Berenices
Kategori:Galaxies

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Koordinatat

Position (RA):12 18 50.64
Position (Dec):14° 25' 22.80"
Field of view:3.91 x 2.67 arcminutes
Orientimi:Veriu është 90.0° majtas vertikales

Ngjyra & filtera

BandaGjatësi valeTeleskopi
Optik
O III
499 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE
Optik
SII
673 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE
Optik
H-alpha
656 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE