Detail of the Sombrero Galaxy

This is the eastern area of the Sombrero Galaxy, with the pronounced dust bands and many background galaxies. North is up and East is left.

Technical information : This composite image is based on three exposures from the FORS1 instrument at VLT ANTU. They were obtained at about 6:20 hrs UT on January 30, 2000, through V-band (central wavelength 554 nm; 112 nm Full Width Half Maximum (FWHM); exposure time 120 sec; here rendered as blue), R-band (657 nm; 150 nm FWHM; 120 sec; green) and I-band (768 nm; 138 nm FWHM, 240 sec; red). The seeing was 0.6 - 0.7 arcsec. Image processing by Mark Neeser (Kapteyn Institute, Groningen) and Richard Hook (ST/ECF, Garching, Germany).

Credit:

ESO/P. Barthel

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About the Image

Id:eso0007b
Type:Observation
Release date:23 February 2000
Related releases:eso0007
Size:1010 x 1070 px

About the Object

Name:M 104, Messier 104, Sombrero Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN
• X - Galaxies
Distance:35 million light years
Constellation:Virgo

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 39 59.40
Position (Dec):-11° 37' 23.72"
Field of view:3.38 x 3.58 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
554 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
R
657 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Infrared
I
768 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1

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