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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Auðkenni:eso0209a
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:13. mars 2002
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso0209
Stærð:800 x 796 px

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Nafn:Antennae Galaxies
Tegund:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Fjarlægð:75 milljón ljósár
Constellation:Corvus
Flokkur:Galaxies

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Position (RA):12 1 53.31
Position (Dec):-18° 52' 37.66"
Field of view:3.43 x 3.42 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 0.1° vinstri frá lóðréttu

Litir og síur

TíðnisviðSjónauki
Sýnilegt
B
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS
Sýnilegt
V
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS
Innrautt
I
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS