Spiral galaxy Messier 83*

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eso_eso0825a September 2nd, 2008

Credit: ESO

This dramatic image of the galaxy Messier 83 was captured by the Wide Field Imager at ESO's La Silla Observatory, located high in the dry desert mountains of the Chilean Atacama Desert. Messier 83 lies roughly 15 million light-years away towards the huge southern constellation of Hydra (the sea serpent). It stretches over 40 000 light-years, making it roughly 2.5 times smaller than our own Milky Way. However, in some respects, Messier 83 is quite similar to our own galaxy. Both the Milky Way and Messier 83 possess a bar across their galactic nucleus, the dense spherical conglomeration of stars seen at the centre of the galaxies.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0825a/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Messier 83
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy » Type » Spiral
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 13h 37m 0.9s
DEC = -29° 51’ 56.6”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
17.6 x 17.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Hydra

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (B) -
Arrow_left_green MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (V) -
Arrow_left_red MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (R) -
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ID
eso0825a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
Messier 83
Credits
ESO
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0825a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope, MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope, MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
Instrument
WFI, WFI, WFI
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, R
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
204.253788, -29.865715
Reference Dimension
4432.0, 4432.0
Reference Pixel
2144.63029412, 2277.64457805
Scale
-6.614272e-05, 6.614272e-05
Rotation
0.02403841655
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.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
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso0825a
Metadata Date
2008-09-01T15:59:30+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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