Wide Field Imager view of the southern spiral NGC 300

This picture of the spectacular southern spiral galaxy NGC 300 was taken using the Wide Field Imager (WFI) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It was assembled from many individual images through a large set of different filters over many observing nights, spanning several years. The main purpose of this extensive observational campaign was to get an unusually thorough census of the stars in the galaxy, counting both the number and varieties of stars and marking regions, or even individual stars, that warrant deeper and more focussed investigation. But such a rich data collection will also have many other uses for years to come.

The images were mostly taken through filters that transmit red, green or blue light. These were supplemented by images through special filters that allow through only the light from ionised hydrogen or oxygen gas and highlight the glowing clouds in the galaxy’s spiral arms. The total exposure time amounted to around 50 hours.

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Tunnistus:eso1037a
Tyyppi:Havainto
Julkaisupäivä:8. syyskuuta 2010 12:00
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso1037
Koko:7603 x 7603 px

Kohteesta

Nimi:NGC 300
Tyyppi:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Etäisyys:6 miljoona valovuotta
Constellation:Sculptor
Kategoria:Galaxies

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Position (RA):0 54 53.49
Position (Dec):-37° 41' 3.25"
Field of view:30.22 x 30.22 arcminutes
Suuntaus:Pohjoinen on 0.1° vasen pystysuuntaan nähden

 

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