Spiral Galaxy NGC 2997

This is a three-colour composite of the spiral galaxy NGC 2997 in the southern constellation Antlia (The Air Pump), obtained with the VLT UT1 and FORS1 in the morning of March 5, 1999. It is based on three exposures in V (green; 3 min; image quality 0.35 arcsec), R (red; 3 min; 0.34 arcsec) and I (near-infrared; 5 min; 0.25 arcsec) bands, with the Moon above the horizon. The field measures 3.4 x 3.4 arcmin 2 or, at the distance of the galaxy (about 55 million light-years), 55,000 x 55,000 light-years. FORS1 was operated in high-resolution imaging mode ; the pixel size was 0.1 arsec.

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About the Image

Id:eso9921a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 March 1999
Related releases:eso9921
Size:2071 x 2044 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2997
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies
Distance:140 million light years
Constellation:Antlia

Image Formats

Large JPEG
3.5 MB
Screensize JPEG
595.1 KB

Wallpapers

1024x768
609.7 KB
1280x1024
1.0 MB
1600x1200
1.6 MB
1920x1200
2.1 MB
2048x1536
2.7 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):9 45 38.82
Position (Dec):-31° 11' 28.86"
Field of view:3.43 x 3.38 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
440 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
V
557 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
R
655 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1

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