Chandra Captures Galaxy Sparkling in X-rays

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chandra_570a June 3rd, 2014

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wesleyan Univ./R.Kilgard, et al; Optical: NASA/STScI

This image contains nearly a million seconds worth of Chandra observing time (purple) along with optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (red, green, and blue). The X-ray data reveal hundreds of point-like sources, most of which are X-ray binary systems (XRBs) containing a neutron star or black hole in orbit with a star like the Sun. Researchers are studying the XRBs in M51, a.k.a. the "Whirlpool Galaxy," to better understand the role they play in the evolution of the galaxy.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2014/m51/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Whirlpool Galaxy M51
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Galaxy > Type > Interacting
Galaxy > Component > Spiral Arm
Galaxy > Grouping > Pair

Distance

Universescale2
30,000,000 light years
Chandra_570a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 13h 29m 52.4s
DEC = 47° 12’ 48.5”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
6.4 x 9.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Canes Venatici

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_purple Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Spectrum_xray1
Arrow_top_purple
Chandra_570a_1280
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ID
570a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1   C.5.1.7   C.5.4.7   C.5.5.1  
Subject Name
Whirlpool Galaxy, M51
Credits
X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wesleyan Univ./R.Kilgard, et al; Optical: NASA/STScI
Release Date
2014-06-03
Lightyears
30,000,000
Redshift
30,000,000
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2014/m51/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra
Instrument
ACIS
Color Assignment
Purple
Band
X-ray
Bandpass
X-ray
Central Wavelength
0.8267
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
202.4682856, 47.2134616
Reference Dimension
2384.0, 3600.0
Reference Pixel
1193.0, 1801.0
Scale
4.44411e-05, 4.4441128e-05
Rotation
-0.03
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
m51_xray.tif
Metadata Date
2019-06-13T18:05:02-05:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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Universescalefull
30,000,000 light years