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

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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
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
4012.0, 4023.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
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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