Detail of the Cluster of Galaxies Abell 496

This image displays part of a 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. Note in particular the large numbers of very faint objects in this field, almost exclusively distant galaxies. North is up and East is left in both photos.

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:eso9954g
Type:Observation
Release date:21 December 1999
Related releases:eso9954
Size:1474 x 1500 px

About the Object

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

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Coordinates

Position (RA):4 33 37.81
Position (Dec):-13° 15' 42.81"
Field of view:5.84 x 5.94 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

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