The Starburst Galaxy NGC 253

NGC 253 is one of the brightest spiral galaxies in the sky, and also one of the dustiest. The whole galaxy is shown here as observed with the WFI instrument, while the insert shows a close-up of the central parts as observed with the NACO instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope and the ACS on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This unique set of observations has allowed a team of astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain) to study the galaxy in great detail, uncovering many young, massive and dusty stellar nurseries. They also found that the centre of this galaxy appears to harbour a twin of our own Milky Way's supermassive black hole.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0902a
Type:Observation
Release date:19 January 2009
Related releases:eso0902
Size:8285 x 7510 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 253
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies
Distance:10 million light years
Constellation:Sculptor

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 47 33.65
Position (Dec):-25° 17' 5.94"
Field of view:32.87 x 29.79 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.6° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Oiii
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrared
Near-IR
814 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrared
J
Very Large Telescope
NACO
Optical
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

Notes: WFI data is for the main picture of NGC 253, all other observation data refers to the close-up image.

 

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