Spiral galaxy NGC 1566

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noirlab_noirlab2208a February 22nd, 2022

Credit: Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURAImage processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), J. Miller (Gemini Observatory/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)

This image, taken by astronomers using the US Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera on the Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab, captures the galaxy NGC 1566 as it twirls, flinging its arms through the vastness of space. Colloquially nicknamed the Spanish Dancer, this spiral galaxy is often studied by astronomers learning about galaxy groups, stars of different ages, and galactic black holes.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noirlab2208a/

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 1566
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 4h 20m 2.5s
DEC = -54° 56’ 30.2”
Orientation
North is 89.7° CCW
Field of View
19.1 x 15.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Blanco-4m (DECam) Optical (Y) 990.0 nm
Red Blanco-4m (DECam) Optical (z) 919.0 nm
Orange Blanco-4m (DECam) Optical (i) 785.0 nm
Green Blanco-4m (DECam) Optical (r) 646.0 nm
Blue Blanco-4m (DECam) Optical (g) 486.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Red
Orange
Green
Blue
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ID
noirlab2208a
Subject Category
Subject Name
NGC 1566
Credits
Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURAImage processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), J. Miller (Gemini Observatory/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)
Release Date
2022-02-22T08:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noirlab2208a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope, Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope, Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope, Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope, Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope
Instrument
DECam, DECam, DECam, DECam, DECam
Color Assignment
Red, Red, Orange, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Y, z, i, r, g
Central Wavelength
990, 919, 785, 646, 486
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
65.0104494655, -54.9417124982
Reference Dimension
4371.0, 3514.0
Reference Pixel
2185.5, 1757.0
Scale
-7.30088267214e-05, 7.30088267214e-05
Rotation
89.680000000000064
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
noirlab2208a
Metadata Date
2021-11-09T19:37:34+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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