Spiral Galaxy Messier 83

If our Milky Way were to resemble this one, we certainly would be proud of our home ! The beautiful spiral galaxy Messier 83 [4] is located in the southern constellation Hydra (the Water Snake) and is also known as NGC 5236 and as the Southern Pinwheel galaxy. Its distance is about 15 million light-years. Being about twice as small as the Milky Way, its size on the sky is 11x10 arcmin2...

The image show clumpy, well-defined spiral arms that are rich in young stars, while the disc reveals a complex system of intricate dust lanes. This galaxy is known to be a site of vigorous star formation.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0525b
Type:Observation
Release date:10 August 2005
Related releases:eso0525
Size:2048 x 2040 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 83
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies
Distance:15 million light years
Constellation:Hydra

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 37 0.95
Position (Dec):-29° 51' 56.56"
Field of view:6.83 x 6.80 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
440 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
R
655 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS2
Infrared
H-alpha
656 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS2

 

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