The green bean galaxy J2240 (annotated)

This view from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope shows a close-up of the sky around a very unusual green object called J224024.1−092748 or J2240. It is a bright example of a new class of objects that have been nicknamed green bean galaxies. Green beans are entire galaxies that are glowing under the intense radiation from the region around a central black hole. J2240 lies in the constellation of Aquarius (The Water Bearer) and its light has taken about 3.7 billion years to reach Earth.

Credit:

CFHT/ESO/M. Schirmer

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About the Image

Id:eso1249b
Type:Observation
Release date:5 December 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1249
Size:659 x 510 px

About the Object

Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN
• X - Galaxies
Distance:z=0.326 (redshift)
Constellation:Aquarius

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Coordinates

Position (RA):22 41 40.40
Position (Dec):-9° 29' 53.00"
Field of view:2.04 x 1.58 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical
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