The starburst galaxy NGC 253

NGC 253 is one of the brightest spiral galaxies in the sky, and also one of the dustiest. The whole galaxy is shown here as observed with the WFI instrument, while the insert shows a close-up of the central parts as observed with the NACO instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope and the ACS on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This unique set of observations has allowed a team of astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain) to study the galaxy in great detail, uncovering many young, massive and dusty stellar nurseries. They also found that the centre of this galaxy appears to harbour a twin of our own Milky Way's supermassive black hole.

Credit:

ESO

Over de afbeelding

Id:eso0902a
Type:Observatie
Publicatiedatum:19 januari 2009
Gerelateerde berichten:eso0902
Grootte:8285 x 7510 px

Over het object

Naam:NGC 253
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Afstand:10 miljoen lichtjaren
Constellation:Sculptor
Categorie:Galaxies

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 47 33.65
Position (Dec):-25° 17' 5.94"
Field of view:32.87 x 29.79 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.6° right of vertical

Kleuren & filters

BandGolflengteTelescoop
Optisch
Oiii
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrarood
Near-IR
814 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optisch
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrarood
J
Very Large Telescope
NACO
Optisch
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optisch
H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

Noten: WFI data is for the main picture of NGC 253, all other observation data refers to the close-up image.

 

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