Big, Beautiful and Blue

Esahubble_potw2109a_1024

esahubble_potw2109a March 1st, 2021

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, V. AntoniouAcknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

NGC 2336 is the quintessential galaxy big, beautiful and blue and it is captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The barred spiral galaxy stretches an immense 200 000 light-years across and is located approximately 100 million light years away in the northern constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe). Its spiral arms are glittered with young stars, visible in their bright blue light. In contrast, the redder central part of the galaxy is dominated by older stars. NGC 2336 was discovered in 1876 by German astronomer Wilhelm Tempel, using a 28-centimetre telescope. This Hubble image is so much better than the view Tempel would have had Hubbles main mirror is 2.4 metres across, nearly ten times the size of the telescope Tempel used. In 1987, NGC 2336 experienced a Type-Ia supernova, the only observed supernova in the galaxy since its discovery 111 years earlier.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/potw2109a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Baltimore, MD, United States

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 2336
Esahubble_potw2109a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 7h 27m 3.6s
DEC = 80° 10’ 33.6”
Orientation
North is 104.1° CCW
Field of View
6.4 x 2.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Camelopardalis

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (ACS) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Green Hubble (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Blue Hubble (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Blue
Esahubble_potw2109a_1280
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ID
potw2109a
Subject Category
Subject Name
NGC 2336
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, V. AntoniouAcknowledgement: Judy Schmidt
Release Date
2021-03-01T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/potw2109a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, V, B
Central Wavelength
814, 555, 435
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
111.76503589464403, 80.17599464228593
Reference Dimension
7734.0, 3055.0
Reference Pixel
3867.0, 1527.5
Scale
-1.3885235756350053e-05, 1.3885235756350053e-05
Rotation
104.06000000000009
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
https://esahubble.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
ESA Office, Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Dr
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
United States
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
potw2109a
Metadata Date
2020-12-29T15:09:10+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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