Warm gas clouds and stars in NGC 4303 mapped with MUSE on ESOs VLT

Eso_ngc4303-muse-ha_1024

eso_ngc4303-muse-ha July 16th, 2021

Credit: ESO/PHANGS

This image of the nearby galaxy NGC 4303 was taken with the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on ESOs Very Large Telescope (VLT). The bright reddish glows map warm clouds of hydrogen (H), marking the presence of newly born stars, while the bluish regions (a combination of green, red and infrared filters) reveal the distribution of slightly older stars. NGC 4303 is a spiral galaxy, with a bar of stars and gas at its centre, located approximately 55 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. The images were taken as part of the Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby GalaxieS (PHANGS) project, which is making high-resolution observations of nearby galaxies with telescopes operating across the electromagnetic spectrum.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/ngc4303-muse-ha/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 4303
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 21m 54.9s
DEC = 4° 28’ 24.9”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
2.9 x 2.9 arcminutes
Constellation
Virgo

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue VLT (MUSE) Optical (G) 475.0 nm
Green VLT (MUSE) Optical (R) 625.0 nm
Red VLT (MUSE) Optical (I) 775.0 nm
Blue VLT (MUSE) Optical (H-alpha) 501.0 nm
Red None (None) Optical (None) 656.0 nm
Orange None (None) Optical (None) 673.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
Blue
Red
Orange
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ID
ngc4303-muse-ha
Subject Category
C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 4303
Credits
ESO/PHANGS
Release Date
2021-07-16T14:00:52.906245
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/ngc4303-muse-ha/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, None, None
Instrument
MUSE, MUSE, MUSE, MUSE, None, None
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red, Blue, Red, Orange
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
G, R, I, H-alpha, None, None
Central Wavelength
475, 625, 775, 501, 656, 673
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
185.478832997, 4.4735769585
Reference Dimension
885.0, 880.0
Reference Pixel
442.5, 440.0
Scale
-5.55345499833e-05, 5.55345499833e-05
Rotation
-0
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
https://www.eso.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
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
ngc4303-muse-ha
Metadata Date
2021-06-02T09:26:11+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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