The Sculpted Galaxy

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esahubble_potw2027a July 6th, 2020

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Stiavelli, P. Erwin et al.

Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, this image shows NGC 7513, a barred spiral galaxy. Located approximately 60 million light-years away, NGC 7513 lies within the Sculptor constellation in the southern hemisphere. This galaxy is moving at the astounding speed of 1564 kilometres per second, and it is heading away from us. For context, the Earth orbits the Sun at about 30 kilometres per second. Though NGC 7513s apparent movement away from the Milky Way might seem strange, it is not that unusual. While some galaxies, like the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy, are caught in each others gravitational pull and will eventually merge together, the vast majority of galaxies in our Universe appear to be moving away from each other. This phenomenon is due to theexpansion of the Universe, and it is the space between galaxies that is stretching, rather than the galaxies themselves moving.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2027a/

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 7513
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Galaxy > Type > Barred
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 23h 13m 14.0s
DEC = -28° 21’ 26.9”
Orientation
North is 107.9° CW
Field of View
0.6 x 0.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Sculptor

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFC3) Infrared (H) 1.6 µm
Orange Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Cyan Hubble (WFC3) Optical (g) 475.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Orange
Cyan
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ID
potw2027a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1   C.5.1.2  
Subject Name
NGC 7513
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Stiavelli, P. Erwin et al.
Release Date
2020-07-06T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2027a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Red, Orange, Cyan
Band
Infrared, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
H, I, g
Central Wavelength
1600, 814, 475
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
348.308400887, -28.3574821679
Reference Dimension
980.0, 1027.0
Reference Pixel
490.0, 513.5
Scale
-1.10194347475e-05, 1.10194347475e-05
Rotation
-107.92000000000003
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
potw2027a
Metadata Date
2020-02-04T09:00:56+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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