HAWK-I image of Messier 100

This galaxy is Messier 100, also known as NGC 4321, which was discovered in the18th century. About 55 million light-years from Earth, Messier 100 is part of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and lies in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair, named after the ancient Egyptian queen Berenice II).

The image was made in infrared light with the HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile. HAWK-I is one of the most powerful infrared imagers in the world, and this is one of the sharpest and most detailed pictures of this galaxy ever taken from Earth. The filters used were Y (shown here in blue), J (in cyan), H (in orange), and K (in red). The field of view of the image is about 6.4 arcminutes.

Credit:

ESO/P. Grosbøl

About the Image

Id:eso1042c
Type:Observation
Release date:27 October 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1042
Size:3650 x 3639 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 100, NGC 4321
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:55 million light years
Constellation:Coma Berenices
Category:Galaxies

Image Formats

Large JPEG
6.5 MB
Screensize JPEG
177.6 KB

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 22 55.38
Position (Dec):15° 49' 40.95"
Field of view:6.48 x 6.46 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.6° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Infrared
Y
Very Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Infrared
J
Very Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Infrared
H
Very Large Telescope
HAWK-I

 

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