Spirals Are In This Season

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esahubble_potw2039a September 28th, 2020

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

This stunning image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features the spiral galaxy NGC 5643 in the constellation of Lupus (The Wolf). Looking this good isnt easy; thirty different exposures, for a total of 9 hours observation time, together with the high resolution and clarity of Hubble, were needed to produce an image of such high level of detail and of beauty. NGC 5643 is about 60 million light-years away from Earth and has been the host of a recent supernova event (not visible in this latest image). This supernova (2017cbv) was a specific type in which a white dwarf steals so much mass from a companion star that it becomes unstable and explodes. The explosion releases significant amounts of energy and lights up that part of the galaxy. The observation was proposed by Adam Riess, who was awarded a Nobel Laureate in physics 2011 for his contributions to the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe, alongside Saul Perlmutter and Brian Schmidt.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2039a/

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 5643
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Esahubble_potw2039a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 14h 32m 40.7s
DEC = -44° 10’ 26.9”
Orientation
North is 27.9° CCW
Field of View
2.5 x 2.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Lupus

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
Esahubble_potw2039a_1280
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ID
potw2039a
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 5643
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al. Acknowledgement: Mahdi Zamani  
Release Date
2020-09-28T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2039a/
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
218.169485815, -44.1741385761
Reference Dimension
3816.0, 3968.0
Reference Pixel
1908.0, 1984.0
Scale
-1.10014973632e-05, 1.10014973632e-05
Rotation
27.899999999999892
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
potw2039a
Metadata Date
2020-09-14T09:47:13+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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