The halo of galaxy Messier 87

Eso_eso1525a_500

eso_eso1525a June 25th, 2015

Credit: Chris Mihos (Case Western Reserve University)/ESO [See also: http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0919a/]

The huge halo around giant elliptical galaxy Messier 87 appears on this very deep image. An excess of light in the top-right part of this halo, and the motion of planetary nebulae in the galaxy, are the last remaining signs of a medium-sized galaxy that recently collided with Messier 87. The image also reveals many other galaxies forming the Virgo Cluster, of which Messier 87 is the largest member. In particular, the two galaxies at the top right of the frame are nicknamed "the Eyes".

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1525a/

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 87
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy » Type » Elliptical
Eso_eso1525a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 30m 49.3s
DEC = 12° 23’ 27.9”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
1.6 x 1.6 degrees
Constellation
Virgo
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ID
eso1525a
Subject Category
C.5.1.4  
Subject Name
Messier 87
Credits
Chris Mihos (Case Western Reserve University)/ESO [See also: http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0919a/]
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1525a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
900
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
187.705310193, 12.3910809839
Reference Dimension
4001.0, 4000.0
Reference Pixel
2000.5, 2000.0
Scale
-0.000402634349248, 0.000402634349248
Rotation
-0.02754486679860723
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
eso1525a
Metadata Date
2017-05-19T12:12:36.479609
Metadata Version
1.1
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