NGC 5291

Noirlab_iotw2051b_1024

noirlab_iotw2051b December 17th, 2020

Credit: CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA Acknowledgments: Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin

This observation from the SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory shows the result of a truly spectacular galactic collision. The elliptical galaxy NGC 5291 the hazy oval cloud at the center of this image was struck by a careening rogue galaxy over 300 million years ago. The aftermath of this cataclysmic collision is a ring of galactic debris visible as the tenuous luminous clouds spreading left and right from the golden oval of NGC 5291. This image also shows more gentle galactic interactions NGC 5291 is interacting sedately with the unusually curved galaxy to the right of it, which is known as the Seashell.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/iotw2051b/

Curator: NSF's NOIRLab, Tucson, AZ, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 5291

Distance

Universescale3
200,000,000 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 13h 47m 20.8s
DEC = -30° 21’ 59.6”
Orientation
North is 89.7° CCW
Field of View
13.2 x 10.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Centaurus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (CFCCD) Optical (i) 763.0 nm
Orange SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (CFCCD) Optical (r) 622.0 nm
Cyan SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (CFCCD) Optical (g) 477.0 nm
Blue SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (CFCCD) Optical (u) 354.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Orange
Cyan
Blue
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ID
iotw2051b
Subject Category
Subject Name
NGC 5291
Credits
CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA Acknowledgments: Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin
Release Date
2020-12-17T15:22:10
Lightyears
200,000,000.0
Redshift
0.014
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/iotw2051b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope, SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope, SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope, SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Instrument
CFCCD, CFCCD, CFCCD, CFCCD
Color Assignment
Red, Orange, Cyan, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
i, r, g, u
Central Wavelength
763, 622, 477, 354
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
206.836557976, -30.3665539838
Reference Dimension
1968.0, 1586.0
Reference Pixel
609.236970901, 870.334777832
Scale
-0.000111449512479, 0.0001117352005
Rotation
89.694426928496
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
950 North Cherry Ave.
City
Tucson
State/Province
AZ
Postal Code
85719
Country
USA
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
NSF's NOIRLab
Publisher ID
noirlab
Resource ID
iotw2051b
Metadata Date
2020-11-19T11:22:51+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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Universescalefull
200,000,000 light years