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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Om bildet

ID:eso0209a
Type:Observasjon
Publiseringsdato:13. mars 2002
Relaterte pressemeldinger:eso0209
Størrelse:800 x 796 px

Om objektet

Navn:Antennae Galaxies
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
Avstand:75 million lysår
Constellation:Corvus
Kategori:Galaxies

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Koordinater

Position (RA):12 1 53.31
Position (Dec):-18° 52' 37.66"
Field of view:3.43 x 3.42 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord er 0.1° til venstre for vertikalen

Farger og filtre

BåndTeleskop
Optisk
B
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS
Optisk
V
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS
Infrarødt
I
Very Large Telescope
VIMOS