The topsy-turvy galaxy NGC 1313*

The central parts of the starburst galaxy NGC 1313. The very active state of this galaxy is very evident from the image, showing many star formation regions. A great number of supershell nebulae, that is, cocoon of gas inflated and etched by successive bursts of star formation, are visible. The green nebulosities are regions emitting in the ionised oxygen lines and may harbour clusters with very hot stars. This colour-composite is based on images obtained with the FORS1 instrument on one of the 8.2-m Unit Telescope of ESO's Very Large Telescope, located at Cerro Paranal. The data were obtained in the night of 16 December 2003, through different broad- (R, B, and z) and narrow-band filters (H-alpha, OI, and OIII).

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Om bildet

ID:eso0643a
Type:Observasjon
Publiseringsdato:23. november 2006
Relaterte pressemeldinger:eso0643
Størrelse:2007 x 1811 px

Om objektet

Navn:NGC 1313
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Avstand:20 million lysår
Constellation:Reticulum
Kategori:Galaxies

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Position (RA):3 18 15.78
Position (Dec):-66° 29' 51.69"
Field of view:6.70 x 6.05 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord er 0.0° til høyre for vertikalen