Ring of Stellar Wildfire

Esahubble_potw2032a_1024

esahubble_potw2032a August 10th, 2020

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Adamo

NGC 1614, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is an eccentrically-shaped galaxy ablaze with activity. The galaxy resides about 200 million light-years from Earth and is nestled in the southern constellation of Eridanus (The River). NGC 1614 is the result of a past galactic merger which created its peculiar appearance. The cosmic collision also drove a turbulent flow of interstellar gas from the smaller of the two galaxies involved into the nucleus of the larger one, resulting in a burst of star formation which started in the core and slowly spread outwards through the galaxy. Owing to its turbulent past and its current appearance, astronomers classify NGC 1614 as a peculiar galaxy, a starburst galaxy, and a luminous infrared galaxy. Luminous infrared galaxies are among the most luminous objects in the local Universe and NGC 1614 is, in fact, the second most luminous galaxy within 250 million light-years.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2032a/

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 1614
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Esahubble_potw2032a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 4h 34m 0.1s
DEC = -8° 34’ 50.3”
Orientation
North is 117.2° CCW
Field of View
2.2 x 2.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Eridanus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (ACS) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical (Redshifted H-alpha + N II) 665.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Blue Hubble (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Red
Green
Blue
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ID
potw2032a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 1614
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Adamo
Release Date
2020-08-10T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2032a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, WFC3, WFC3, ACS
Color Assignment
Red, Red, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, Redshifted H-alpha + N II, V, B
Central Wavelength
814, 665, 555, 435
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
68.5002164352, -8.5806316445
Reference Dimension
3384.0, 3326.0
Reference Pixel
1692.0, 1663.0
Scale
-1.10034500909e-05, 1.10034500909e-05
Rotation
117.15999999999994
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
potw2032a
Metadata Date
2018-12-17T09:49:35+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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