Anatomy of a Bird

Image taken with the NACO instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in the K-band. Also indicated are the different parts of the 'Bird'. There is a barred spiral galaxy at the heart of the Bird, and a strongly disturbed massive galaxy just south of it, while the head of the Bird consists of an irregular galaxy with very active star formation. The wings span a region in space of about 100,000 light-years, as much as our own Milky Way. North is up and East is to the left. The image covers about 25 x 25 arcsec.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0755b
Type:Observation
Release date:21 December 2007
Related releases:eso0755
Size:1251 x 1071 px

About the Object

Name:ESO 593-IG 008, The Bird
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• X - Galaxies
Distance:650 million light years
Constellation:Sagittarius

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Coordinates

Position (RA):19 14 31.08
Position (Dec):-21° 19' 9.36"
Field of view:0.70 x 0.60 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 2.3° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
InfraredVery Large Telescope
NACO

 

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