Cluster of Galaxies Abell 496

This image displays a 0.5° x 0.5° sky field centered on the distant cluster of galaxies Abell 496, as imaged by the WFI at the 2.2-m MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla during a total exposure time of just over 2 hours. The original frame is a composite of several shorter exposures and encompasses approx. 8000 x 8000 pixels. The (nearly vertical, divided by the exposures) trail of a minor planet in the solar system is seen to the left of the centre.

The WFI image of Abell 496 was obtained in blue light (B-band) and corresponds to a total integration time of 7560 seconds, split into a number of exposures lasting between 600 and 1200 seconds. The faintest objects just detectable in this image have a B-magnitude of about 26.5.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso9954f
Type:Observation
Release date:21 December 1999
Related releases:eso9954
Size:1962 x 1989 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 496
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Galaxy Clusters
Distance:450 million light years
Constellation:Eridanus

Image Formats

Large JPEG
1.6 MB
Screensize JPEG
506.6 KB

Wallpapers

1024x768
394.2 KB
1280x1024
628.9 KB
1600x1200
884.9 KB
1920x1200
1.0 MB
2048x1536
1.3 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):4 33 37.75
Position (Dec):-13° 15' 42.28"
Field of view:31.10 x 31.53 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

Also see our