The surroundings of the interacting galaxy NGC 5291

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eso_eso1547a December 9th, 2015

Credit: ESO

The spectacular aftermath of a 360 million year old cosmic collision is revealed in great detail in this image from ESOs Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory. Among the debris surrounding the elliptical galaxy NGC 5291 at the centre is a rare and mysterious young dwarf galaxy, which appears as a bright clump towards the right of the image. This object is providing astronomers with an excellent opportunity to learn more about similar galaxies that are expected to be common in the early Universe, but are normally too faint and distant to be observed by current telescopes.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1547a/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 5291
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Interacting
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 13h 47m 19.4s
DEC = -30° 24’ 4.5”
Orientation
North is 90.0° CW
Field of View
12.6 x 8.8 arcminutes
Constellation
Centaurus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (V) -
Arrow_left_green Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (R) -
Arrow_left_red Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Infrared (I) -
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ID
eso1547a
Subject Category
C.5.1.7  
Subject Name
NGC 5291
Credits
ESO
Release Date
2015-12-09T12:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1547a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope
Instrument
FORS2, FORS2, FORS2
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
V, R, I
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
206.830832611, -30.4012512371
Reference Dimension
3010.0, 2086.0
Reference Pixel
1505.0, 1043.0
Scale
-7.00210136628e-05, 7.00210136628e-05
Rotation
-90.000000000000142
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso1547a
Metadata Date
2015-11-26T14:42:57+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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