The surroundings of the interacting galaxy NGC 5291

The spectacular aftermath of a 360 million year old cosmic collision is revealed in great detail in this image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory. Among the debris surrounding the elliptical galaxy NGC 5291 at the centre is a rare and mysterious young dwarf galaxy, which appears as a bright clump towards the right of the image. This object is providing astronomers with an excellent opportunity to learn more about similar galaxies that are expected to be common in the early Universe, but are normally too faint and distant to be observed by current telescopes.

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Tunnistus:eso1547a
Tyyppi:Havainto
Julkaisupäivä:9. joulukuuta 2015 12:00
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso1547
Koko:3010 x 2086 px

Kohteesta

Nimi:NGC 5291
Tyyppi:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Constellation:Centaurus
Kategoria:Galaxies

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Position (RA):13 47 19.40
Position (Dec):-30° 24' 4.50"
Field of view:12.65 x 8.76 arcminutes
Suuntaus:Pohjoinen on 90.0° oikea pystysuuntaan nähden

Värit ja suotimet

KaistaTeleskooppi
Optinen
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Optinen
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Infrapuna
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Very Large Telescope
FORS2

 

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