Galaxy NGC 2397 with an explosive secret

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esahubble_heic0808a March 31st, 2008

Credit: NASA, ESA & Stephen Smartt (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

NGC 2397, pictured in this image from Hubble, is a classic spiral galaxy with long prominent dust lanes along the edges of its arms, seen as dark patches and streaks silhouetted against the starlight. Hubble's exquisite resolution allows the study of individual stars in nearby galaxies. Located nearly 60 million light-years away from Earth, the galaxy NGC 2397 is typical of most spirals, with mostly older, yellow and red stars in its central portion, while star formation continues in the outer, bluer spiral arms. The brightest of these young, blue stars can be seen individually in this high resolution view from the Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0808a/

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 2397
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 7h 21m 21.8s
DEC = -69° 0’ 6.9”
Orientation
North is 178.4° CCW
Field of View
2.5 x 2.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Volans

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
heic0808a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 2397
Credits
NASA, ESA & Stephen Smartt (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
Release Date
2008-03-31T13:30:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0808a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
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, V, I
Central Wavelength
435, 555, 814
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
110.340847534, -69.0019065262
Reference Dimension
3038.0, 2425.0
Reference Pixel
1519.0, 1212.0
Scale
-1.387351665e-05, 1.387351665e-05
Rotation
178.37999999999991
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
heic0808a
Metadata Date
2008-03-29T17:10:10+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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