VIMOS image of galaxy NGC 4993 showing the visible-light counterpart to a merging neutron star pair

This image from the VIMOS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile shows the galaxy NGC 4993, about 130 million light-years from Earth. The galaxy is not itself unusual, but it contains something never before witnessed, the aftermath of the explosion of a pair of merging neutron stars, a rare event called a kilonova (seen just above and slightly to the left of the centre of the galaxy). This merger also produced gravitational waves and gamma rays, both of which were detected by LIGO-Virgo and Fermi/INTEGRAL respectively.

Autorska prava:

ESO/A.J. Levan, N.R. Tanvir

O slici

Id:eso1733b
Tip:Opservacija
Datum objavljivanja:16. oktobar 2017. 16:00
Povezana saopštenja:eso1733
Veličina:2211 x 1665 px

O objektu

Naziv:NGC 4993
Tip:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Constellation:Hydra
Kategorija:Galaxies

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Koordinate

Position (RA):13 9 47.63
Position (Dec):-23° 23' 2.08"
Field of view:7.61 x 5.73 arcminutes
Orijentacija:Sever je 0.1°desno od vertikale

Boje i flteri

OpsegTalasna dužinaTeleskop
Optički
U
370 nmVery Large Telescope
VIMOS
Optički
R
646 nmVery Large Telescope
VIMOS
Optički
Z
935 nmVery Large Telescope
VIMOS

 

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