The gargantuan galaxy NGC 1132

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esahubble_heic0804a February 5th, 2008

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgment: M. West (ESO, Chile)

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new image of the galaxy NGC 1132 which is, most likely, a cosmic fossil - the aftermath of an enormous multi-galactic pile-up, where the carnage of collision after collision has built up a brilliant but fuzzy giant elliptical galaxy far outshining typical galaxies. NGC 1132, together with the small dwarf galaxies surrounding it, are dubbed a "fossil group" as they are most likely the remains of a group of galaxies that merged together in the recent past. In this Hubble image, NGC 1132 is seen surrounded by thousands of ancient globular clusters, swarming around the galaxy like bees around a hive. These globular clusters are likely to be the survivors of the disruption of their cannibalised parent galaxies that have been eaten by NGC 1132 and may reveal its merger history. In the background, there is a stunning tapestry of numerous galaxies that are much further away.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0804a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 1132
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Elliptical
Galaxy > Size > Giant
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 2h 52m 52.1s
DEC = -1° 16’ 23.3”
Orientation
North is 89.6° CCW
Field of View
2.9 x 3.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Eridanus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (B) -
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (Pseudogreen (B+Z)) -
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (Z) -
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ID
heic0804a
Subject Category
C.5.1.4   C.5.2.1  
Subject Name
NGC 1132
Credits
NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgment: M. West (ESO, Chile)
Release Date
2008-02-05T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0804a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Distance in light years from NED.
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
B, Pseudogreen (B+Z), Z
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
43.217078, -1.2731293
Reference Dimension
3482.0, 3785.0
Reference Pixel
1742.0, 1893.5
Scale
-1.3894e-05, 1.3893973e-05
Rotation
89.56
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.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
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic0804a
Metadata Date
2008-02-04T09:35:20-05:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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