Spiral Galaxy Messier 83*

This dramatic image of the galaxy Messier 83 was captured by the Wide Field Imager at ESO's La Silla Observatory, located high in the dry desert mountains of the Chilean Atacama Desert. Messier 83 lies roughly 15 million light-years away towards the huge southern constellation of Hydra (the sea serpent). It stretches over 40 000 light-years, making it roughly 2.5 times smaller than our own Milky Way. However, in some respects, Messier 83 is quite similar to our own galaxy. Both the Milky Way and Messier 83 possess a bar across their galactic nucleus, the dense spherical conglomeration of stars seen at the centre of the galaxies.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0825a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 September 2008
Related releases:eso0825
Size:4432 x 4432 px

About the Object

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

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 37 0.91
Position (Dec):-29° 51' 56.57"
Field of view:17.59 x 17.59 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

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BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
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