The centre of NGC 253

Close-up of the central regions of the starburst galaxy NGC 253. This image is based on data obtained with the NACO instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the ACS on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Thanks to the VLT's sharp eye, astronomers have identified 37 bright regions, a threefold increase on previous results. These regions are probably very active nurseries that contain as many as one hundred thousand young, massive stars bursting from their dusty cocoons. The field of view is 15 arcseconds.

Crédit:

ESO/NASA/ESA

À propos de l'image

Identification:eso0902b
Type:Observation
Date de publication:19 janvier 2009
Communiqués de presse en rapport:eso0902
Taille:812 x 812 px

À propos de l'objet

Nom:NGC 253
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
Distance:11 million années lumière
Constellation:Sculptor
Catégorie:Nebulae

Image Formats

Grand JPEG
182,8 Kio
JPEG taille écran
195,7 Kio

Fonds d'écran

1024x768
197,1 Kio
1280x1024
300,1 Kio
1600x1200
403,2 Kio
1920x1200
446,2 Kio
2048x1536
582,2 Kio

Coordinates

Position (RA):0 47 33.22
Position (Dec):-25° 17' 18.67"
Field of view:0.38 x 0.38 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.2° left of vertical

Couleurs & filtres

DomaineLongueur d'ondeTélescope
Infrarouge
Near-IR
814 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrarouge
J
1.22 μmVery Large Telescope
NACO
Infrarouge
L
3.45 μmVery Large Telescope
NACO

 

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