Wide Field Imager view of the southern spiral NGC 300

This picture of the spectacular southern spiral galaxy NGC 300 was taken using the Wide Field Imager (WFI) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It was assembled from many individual images through a large set of different filters over many observing nights, spanning several years. The main purpose of this extensive observational campaign was to get an unusually thorough census of the stars in the galaxy, counting both the number and varieties of stars and marking regions, or even individual stars, that warrant deeper and more focussed investigation. But such a rich data collection will also have many other uses for years to come.

The images were mostly taken through filters that transmit red, green or blue light. These were supplemented by images through special filters that allow through only the light from ionised hydrogen or oxygen gas and highlight the glowing clouds in the galaxy’s spiral arms. The total exposure time amounted to around 50 hours.

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Om bilden

ID:eso1037a
Typ:Observation
Publiceringsdatum:8 september 2010 12:00
Relaterade pressmeddelanden:eso1037
Storlek:7603 x 7603 px

Om objektet

Namn:NGC 300
Typ:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Avstånd:6 miljon ljusår
Constellation:Sculptor
Kategori:Galaxies

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Position (RA):0 54 53.49
Position (Dec):-37° 41' 3.25"
Field of view:30.22 x 30.22 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord är 0.1° vänster om lodrätt

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BandTeleskop
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B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
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OIII
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WFI
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WFI
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WFI

 

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