Warm gas clouds and stars in NGC 4254 mapped with MUSE on ESO’s VLT

This image of the nearby galaxy NGC 4254 was taken with the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). The bright reddish glows map warm clouds of hydrogen (Hα), marking the presence of newly born stars, while the bluish regions (a combination of green, red and infrared filters) reveal the distribution of slightly older stars. 

NGC 4254 is a grand-design spiral galaxy located approximately 45 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Coma Berenices. 

The images were taken as part of the Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby GalaxieS (PHANGS) project, which is making high-resolution observations of nearby galaxies with telescopes operating across the electromagnetic spectrum.

Credit:

ESO/PHANGS

About the Image

Id:ngc4254-muse-ha
Type:Observation
Release date:16 July 2021, 14:00
Size:1169 x 903 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4254
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Constellation:Coma Berenices
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 18 51.03
Position (Dec):14° 25' 23.09"
Field of view:3.90 x 3.01 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
G
475 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE
Optical
R
625 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE
Optical
I
775 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE
Optical
H-alpha
656 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE