Two Supernovae, One Galaxy

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esahubble_potw2019a May 11th, 2020

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.

Approximately 85 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Libra, is the beautiful galaxy NGC 5861, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 5861 is an intermediate spiral galaxy. Astronomers classify most galaxies by their morphology. For example, the Milky Way galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy. An intermediate spiral galaxy has a shape lying in between that of a barred spiral galaxy, one that appears to have a central bar-shaped structure, and that of an unbarred spiral galaxy, one without a central bar. Two supernovae, SN1971D and SN2017erp, have been observed in the galaxy. Supernovae are powerful and luminous explosions that can light up the night sky. The brightest supernova ever recorded was possibly SN 1006. It shone 16 times as bright as Venus from April 30 to May 1, 1006 AD.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2019a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 5861
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Esahubble_potw2019a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 15h 9m 15.5s
DEC = -11° 19’ 3.8”
Orientation
North is 59.8° CW
Field of View
2.2 x 2.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Libra

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Luminosity Hubble (WFC3) Optical (Long Pass) 350.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFC3) Infrared (H) 1.6 µm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Luminosity
Red
Green
Blue
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ID
potw2019a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 5861
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.
Release Date
2020-05-11T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2019a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Luminosity, Red, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Infrared, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Long Pass, H, I, V
Central Wavelength
350, 1600, 814, 555
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
227.314695812, -11.3177265724
Reference Dimension
3360.0, 3577.0
Reference Pixel
1680.0, 1788.5
Scale
-1.10061052019e-05, 1.10061052019e-05
Rotation
-59.780000000000008
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
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
potw2019a
Metadata Date
2019-10-04T18:17:22+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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