Peculiar galaxy NGC 3256

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esahubble_heic1811a May 31st, 2018

Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA

This image, taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), both installed on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the peculiar galaxy NGC 3256. The galaxy is about 100 million light-years from Earth and is the result of a past galactic merger, which created its distorted appearance. As such, NGC 3256 provides an ideal target to investigate starbursts that have been triggered by galaxy mergers. Another image of NGC 3256 was already released in 2008, as part of a collection of interacting galaxies, created for Hubbles 18th birthday.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1811a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 3256
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Interacting
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 27m 52.8s
DEC = -43° 54’ 11.5”
Orientation
North is 95.2° CCW
Field of View
3.3 x 3.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Vela

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Optical (SII) 673.0 nm
Arrow_left_orange Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Optical (H Alpha +[N II ]) 665.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Optical (H Alpha +[N II ]) 665.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_orange
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_blue
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ID
heic1811a
Subject Category
C.5.1.7  
Subject Name
NGC 3256
Credits
ESA/Hubble, NASA
Release Date
2018-05-31T16:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1811a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Red, Red, Orange, Green, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, SII, H Alpha +[N II ], H Alpha +[N II ], V, V
Central Wavelength
814, 673, 665, 665, 555, 555
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
156.970106147, -43.9031853498
Reference Dimension
3948.0, 3978.0
Reference Pixel
1974.0, 1989.0
Scale
-1.388732104339773E-05, 1.388732104339773E-05
Rotation
95.19999999999996
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Position
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
heic1811a
Metadata Date
2018-03-14T09:04:39+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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