Hubble Goes Galactic Birdwatching

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esahubble_potw2222a May 30th, 2022

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST TeamAcknowledgement: J. Schmidt

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the barred spiral galaxy NGC 7496, which lies over 24 million light-years away in the constellation Grus. This constellation, whose name is Latin for crane, is one of four constellations collectively known as the Southern Birds. The others are Pavo, Phoenix and Tucana, which depict a peacock, phoenix, and toucan respectively. The rest of the night sky is also home to a flock of ornithological constellations, including an eagle (Aquilla), swan (Cygnus), crow (Corvus), and dove (Columba).  This image comes from a collection of observations delving into the relationship between young stars and the cold, dense clouds of gas in which they form. In addition to observations with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys, the astronomers behind this project gathered data using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), one of the largest radio telescopes in the world.  As well as shedding light on the speed and efficiency of star formation in a variety of galactic environments, this project is also creating a treasury of data incorporating both Hubble and ALMA observations. This treasure trove of data from two of the world’s most capable observatories will contribute to wider research into star formation, as well as paving the way for future science with the James Webb Space Telescope. Links Video of Hubble Goes Galactic Birdwatching

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/potw2222a/

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 7496
Subject - General
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 23h 9m 48.2s
DEC = -43° 25’ 20.4”
Orientation
North is 114.0° CW
Field of View
2.8 x 2.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Grus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Infrared (V) 555.0 nm
Cyan Hubble (WFC3) Optical (B) 438.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical (U) 336.0 nm
Purple Hubble (WFC3) Ultraviolet (UV) 275.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Cyan
Blue
Purple
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ID
potw2222a
Subject Category
E.5.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 7496
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST TeamAcknowledgement: J. Schmidt
Release Date
2022-05-30T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/potw2222a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Cyan, Blue, Purple
Band
Optical, Infrared, Optical, Optical, Ultraviolet
Bandpass
I, V, B, U, UV
Central Wavelength
814, 555, 438, 336, 275
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
347.45064649353964, -43.42233636457346
Reference Dimension
4193.0, 3625.0
Reference Pixel
2096.5, 1812.5
Scale
-1.0993970908200306e-05, 1.0993970908200306e-05
Rotation
-113.99999999999994
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
potw2222a
Metadata Date
2022-05-23T16:53:47+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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