The antennae galaxies - NGC4038/9

One of the first images from the new VIMOS facility, obtained right after the moment of "first light" on February 26, 2002. It shows the famous "Antennae Galaxies" (NGC 4038/9), the result of a recent collision between two galaxies.

As an immediate outcome of this dramatic event, stars are born within massive complexes that appear blue in this composite photo, based on exposures through green, orange and red optical filters.

Individual exposures of 60 seconds each; image quality 0.6 arcsec FWHM; the field measures 3.5 x 3.5 arcmin2. North is up and East is left.

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Sobre a imagem

Id:eso0209a
Tipo:Observação
Data de divulgação:13 de Março de 2002
Notícias relacionadas:eso0209
Tamanho:800 x 796 px

Sobre o objeto

Nome:Antennae Galaxies
Tipo:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Distância:75 milhão anos-luz
Constellation:Corvus
Categoria:Galaxies

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Coordenadas

Position (RA):12 1 53.31
Position (Dec):-18° 52' 37.66"
Field of view:3.43 x 3.42 arcminutes
Orientação:O norte está a 0.1° à esquerda da vertical

Cores e filtros

BandaTelescópio
Óptico
B
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS
Óptico
V
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS
Infravermelho
I
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS