A sea of galaxies

Esahubble_heic1709b_500

esahubble_heic1709b April 20th, 2017

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Mutchler (STScI)

While one instrument of Hubble observed the target for its 27th anniversary the galaxies NGC 4302 and NGC 4298 another instrument simultaneously observed a nearby patch of the sky. These so-called parallel field observations increase the efficiency of how the telescope is used when making observations. This specific parallel field shows an area of the sky, awash largely with spiral galaxies like our Milky Way. Most of the prominent galaxies look different only because they are tilted at various orientations with respect to Earth from edge-on to face-on. A few others are currently interacting or in the process of a merger. The objects with diffraction spikes are foreground stars in our own galaxy.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1709b/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy
Esahubble_heic1709b_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 21m 49.2s
DEC = 14° 28’ 41.7”
Orientation
North is 57.6° CCW
Field of View
3.3 x 3.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Coma Berenices

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_yellow Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_yellow
Esahubble_heic1709b_1280
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ID
heic1709b
Subject Category
C.5  
Subject Name
Credits
NASA, ESA, and M. Mutchler (STScI)
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1709b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS
Color Assignment
Yellow
Band
Optical
Bandpass
V
Central Wavelength
606
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
185.454851058, 14.4782530529
Reference Dimension
4012.0, 4023.0
Reference Pixel
2006.0, 2011.5
Scale
-1.3865763922002725E-05, 1.3865763922002725E-05
Rotation
57.639999999999965
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic1709b
Metadata Date
2017-04-11T12:00:52+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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