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A gallery of spiral galaxies pictured in infrared light by HAWK-I (annotated version)

Six spectacular spiral galaxies are seen in a clear new light in pictures from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The pictures were taken in infrared light, using the impressive power of the HAWK-I camera to help astronomers understand how the remarkable spiral patterns in galaxies form and evolve. From left to right the galaxies are NGC 5247, Messier 100 (NGC 4321), NGC 1300, NGC 4030, NGC 2997 and NGC 1232.

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ESO/P. Grosbøl

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About the Image

Id:eso1042a
Type:Collage
Release date:27 October 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1042
Size:11386 x 8369 px

About the Object

Name:Composite image, HAWK-I, M 100, Messier 100, NGC 1232, NGC 1300, NGC 2997, NGC 4030, NGC 4321, NGC 5247, Very Large Telescope
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies

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