Wide Field Imager view of a Milky Way look-alike, NGC 6744

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eso_eso1118a June 1st, 2011

Credit: ESO

This picture of the nearby galaxy NGC 6744 was taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla. The large spiral galaxy is similar to the Milky Way, making this image look like a picture postcard of our own galaxy sent from extragalactic space. The picture was created from exposures taken through four different filters that passed blue, yellow-green, red light, and the glow coming from hydrogen gas. These are shown in this picture as blue, green, orange and red, respectively.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1118a/

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
NGC 6744
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy » Type » Spiral
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 19h 9m 46.2s
DEC = -63° 51’ 28.8”
Orientation
North is 90.0° CW
Field of View
21.1 x 17.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Pavo

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_orange MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (665/12) -
Arrow_left_red MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (H-alpha) -
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ID
eso1118a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 6744
Credits
ESO
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1118a/
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, MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
Instrument
WFI, WFI, WFI, WFI
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Orange, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, 665/12, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
287.442454, -63.858
Reference Dimension
5312.0, 4472.0
Reference Pixel
2478.3942834, 2244.28841716
Scale
-6.611697e-05, 6.611697e-05
Rotation
-90.00778937253
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
eso1118a
Metadata Date
2011-05-26T14:10:28+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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