Black Holes Shine for NuSTAR

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nustar_nustar130905b September 5th, 2013

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An optical color image of galaxies is seen here overlaid with X-ray data (magenta) from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).

NuSTAR's serendipitous discovery in this field lies to the left of a galaxy, called IC 751, at which the telescope originally intended to look. Both magenta blobs show X-rays from massive black holes buried at the hearts of galaxies.

The optical image is from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and a color composite of images over three different optical wavebands (the G, R, and I bands). The NuSTAR data shows X-rays in the 3 to 24 keV energy range.

Image Source: /image/nustar/nustar130905b

Curator: NuSTAR: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, Pasadena, CA

Image Use Policy: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/imagepolicy/

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
IC 751
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy » Type » Spiral

Distance

Universescale3
437,000,000 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 11h 58m 52.6s
DEC = 42° 34’ 13.2”
Orientation
North is 0.1° CCW
Field of View
10.7 x 6.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Ursa Major

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_purple NuSTAR X-ray 77.5 pm
Arrow_left_blue SDSS Optical (G-band) 550.0 nm
Arrow_left_green SDSS Optical (R-band) 700.0 nm
Arrow_left_red SDSS Optical (I-band) 900.0 nm
Spectrum_xray1w
Arrow_top_purple
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
nustar130905b
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
IC 751
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Lightyears
437,000,000
Redshift
0.031199
Reference Url
/image/nustar/nustar130905b
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
NuSTAR, SDSS, SDSS, SDSS
Instrument
Color Assignment
Purple, Blue, Green, Red
Band
X-ray, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
-, G-band, R-band, I-band
Central Wavelength
0.07749, 550, 700, 900
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
2000.0
Reference Value
179.71915000000, 42.57034000000
Reference Dimension
3200.00, 1800.00
Reference Pixel
2136.17644076704, 1158.16380693678
Scale
-0.00005554762, 0.00005554762
Rotation
0.11899728713
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NuSTAR: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
URL
http://www.nustar.caltech.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
Country
Rights
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/imagepolicy/
Publisher
Publisher ID
nustar
Resource ID
Resource URL
/image/nustar/nustar130905b
Related Resources
Metadata Date
2014-07-16 17:56:31 -0700
Metadata Version
1.2
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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Universescalefull
437,000,000 light years