Hubble NICMOS infrared image of M51

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esahubble_opo1103b January 13th, 2011

Credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Regan and B. Whitmore (STScI) and R. Chandar (University of Toledo, USA)

This image by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a face-on view of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy. Taken in infrared, the imagereveals the Whirlpool's skeletal dust structure, as seen in near-infrared light. This new image is the sharpest view of the dense dust in M51. The narrow lanes of dust revealed by Hubble reflect the galaxy's name, the Whirlpool Galaxy, as they appear to swirl towards the galaxy's core.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo1103b/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
M 51 Messier 51 Whirlpool Galaxy
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Esahubble_opo1103b_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 13h 29m 55.4s
DEC = 47° 11’ 45.0”
Orientation
North is 89.5° CCW
Field of View
2.2 x 3.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Canes Venatici

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (NICMOS) Infrared (J) 1.6 µm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_red
Esahubble_opo1103b_1280
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ID
opo1103b
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
M 51, Messier 51, Whirlpool Galaxy
Credits
Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Regan and B. Whitmore (STScI) and R. Chandar (University of Toledo, USA)
Release Date
2011-01-13T21:45:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo1103b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
NICMOS
Color Assignment
Red
Band
Infrared
Bandpass
J
Central Wavelength
1600
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
202.480918158, 47.1958265414
Reference Dimension
2685.0, 3617.0
Reference Pixel
1342.5, 1808.5
Scale
-1.38883943997e-05, 1.38883943997e-05
Rotation
89.5199999999999
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
opo1103b
Metadata Date
2010-12-08T13:50:03-05:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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