The magnificent starburst galaxy Messier 82

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esahubble_heic0604a April 24th, 2006

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: J. Gallagher (University of Wisconsin), M. Mountain (STScI) and P. Puxley (NSF).

This mosaic image of the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82) is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of M82. It is a galaxy remarkable for its webs of shredded clouds and flame-like plumes of glowing hydrogen blasting out from its central regions where young stars are being born 10 times faster than they are inside in our Milky Way Galaxy.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/heic0604a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Baltimore, MD, United States

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Cigar Galaxy Messier 82
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Activity > Starburst
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 9h 55m 55.0s
DEC = 69° 40’ 54.2”
Orientation
North is 50.1° CCW
Field of View
7.9 x 6.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Ursa Major

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Green Hubble (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Red Hubble (ACS) Optical (H-alpha) 658.0 nm
Red Hubble (ACS) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
Red
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ID
heic0604a
Subject Category
C.5.3.3  
Subject Name
Cigar Galaxy, Messier 82
Credits
NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: J. Gallagher (University of Wisconsin), M. Mountain (STScI) and P. Puxley (NSF).
Release Date
2006-04-24T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/heic0604a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Distance in light years from NED.
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
B, V, H-alpha, I
Central Wavelength
435, 555, 658, 814
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
148.9791469, 69.681713
Reference Dimension
9500.0, 7400.0
Reference Pixel
4751.0, 3701.0
Scale
-1.38805562484e-05, 1.38939775733e-05
Rotation
50.1
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS info from NASA/Hubble
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
https://esahubble.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
ESA Office, Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Dr
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
United States
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic0604a
Metadata Date
2006-04-19T09:57:01+02:00
Metadata Version
1.0
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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