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HAWK-I image of NGC 1300

This image is of NGC 1300, a spiral galaxy with arms extending from the ends of a spectacularly prominent central bar. It is considered a prototypical example of barred spiral galaxies and lies at a distance of about 65 million light-years, in the constellation of Eridanus (the River).

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 dark blue), J (in light blue), H (in green), and K (in red). The field of view of the image is about 6.4 arcminutes.

Credit:

ESO/P. Grosbøl

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About the Image

Id:eso1042d
Type:Observation
Release date:27 October 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1042
Size:3646 x 3634 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1300
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies
Distance:65 million light years
Constellation:Eridanus

Image Formats

Large JPEG
3.8 MB
Screensize JPEG
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Coordinates

Position (RA):3 19 41.04
Position (Dec):-19° 24' 40.91"

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Y
1.02 μm Very Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Infrared
J
1.22 μm Very Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Infrared
H
1.63 μm Very Large Telescope
HAWK-I

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