A cosmic question in NGC 4696

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esahubble_heic1013a August 12th, 2010

Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA

This picture, taken by Hubbles Advanced Camera for Surveys, shows NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster. The huge dust lane, around 30000 light-years across, that sweeps across the face of the galaxy makes NGC 4696 look different from most other elliptical galaxies. Viewed at certain wavelengths, strange thin filaments of ionised hydrogen are visible within it. In this picture, these structures are visible as a subtle marbling effect across the galaxys bright centre.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1013a/

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 4696
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Elliptical
Esahubble_heic1013a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 48m 46.1s
DEC = -41° 19’ 15.4”
Orientation
North is 223.8° CCW
Field of View
3.2 x 1.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Centaurus

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+I)) -
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Infrared (I) -
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ID
heic1013a
Subject Category
C.5.1.4  
Subject Name
NGC 4696
Credits
ESA/Hubble and NASA
Release Date
2010-08-12T12:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1013a/
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+I), I
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
192.192163808, -41.3209334797
Reference Dimension
3864.0, 1820.0
Reference Pixel
1932.0, 910.0
Scale
-1.38823102276e-05, 1.38823102276e-05
Rotation
223.78
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
heic1013a
Metadata Date
2010-07-29T18:06:22+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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