Dazzling galaxy Messier 77

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eso_eso1720a July 5th, 2017

Credit: ESO

ESOs Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a magnificent face-on view of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 77. The image does justice to the galaxys beauty, showcasing its glittering arms criss-crossed with dust lanes but it fails to betray Messier 77s turbulent nature.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1720a/

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 77
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy » Activity » AGN » Seyfert
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 2h 42m 41.0s
DEC = 0° 0’ 54.0”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
7.2 x 7.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Cetus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (b) 440.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (v) 557.0 nm
Arrow_left_orange Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (R) 655.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (H-alpha) 656.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_orange
Arrow_top_red
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ID
eso1720a
Subject Category
C.5.3.2.2  
Subject Name
Messier 77
Credits
ESO
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1720a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope
Instrument
FORS2, FORS2, FORS2, FORS2
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Orange, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
b, v, R, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
440, 557, 655, 656
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
40.6708861259, -0.0149903288861
Reference Dimension
1718.0, 1716.0
Reference Pixel
859.0, 858.0
Scale
-6.99605048716e-05, 6.99605048716e-05
Rotation
-0.039999999999999994
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
eso1720a
Metadata Date
2017-03-04T19:25:01+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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