What Lies Beneath

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vamp://chandra_104 October 28th, 2003

Credit: NASA/CXC/Penn State/S. Immler et

A series of Chandra observations over a 21-month period provides dramatic evidence of the restless, changing nature of this spiral galaxy. Bright X-ray sources due to neutron stars, black holes and a supernova flashed on and off, giving the galaxy the appearance of a cosmic Christmas tree. The supernova, SN1999em, appears in panels 4 and 49 as the faint source at the five o'clock position just below the diffuse glow in the center of the image. The extremely bright (white) source that appears in all panels at the nine o'clock position is likely a black hole formed relatively recently (in the last million years or so) and is now pulling in gas from an orbiting companion star.

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc1637/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

Image Details

Image Type
Collage
Object Name
NGC 1637

Distance

Universescale1
3

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 4h 41m 28.2s
DEC = -2° 51’ 42.4”
Constellation
Eridanus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_red Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 1.38 nm
Arrow_left_green Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 558.0 pm
Arrow_left_blue Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) -
Spectrum_xray1
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_green
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ID
104
Subject Category
Subject Name
NGC 1637
Credits
NASA/CXC/Penn State/S. Immler et
Lightyears
3.8e7
Redshift
0.002385
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc1637/
Type
Collage
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra, Chandra, Chandra
Instrument
ACIS, ACIS, ACIS
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
X-ray, X-ray, X-ray
Bandpass
X-ray, X-ray, X-ray
Central Wavelength
1.38, 0.558 0.285
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
70.3674062, -2.8617685
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-Ray Center
Publisher ID
vamp://chandra
Resource ID
4panel_sized.tif
Metadata Date
2012-07-27T15:07:12-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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Universescalefull
3