Spiral Galaxy NGC 1232

The striking, large spiral galaxy NGC 1232, and its distorted companion shaped like the greek letter "theta".

The pair is located roughly 70 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus (The River). Billions of stars and dark dust are caught up in this beautiful gravitational swirl. The blue spiral arms with their many young stars and star-forming regions make a striking contrast with the yellow-reddish core of older stars.

This image is based on data acquired with the 1.5 m Danish telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory in Chile, through three filters (B: 900 s, V: 400 s, R: 400 s). East is up, North is to the left.

Credit:

ESO/IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R.Gendler and A. Hornstrup.

About the Image

Id:ngc1232b
Type:Observation
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:18
Size:2057 x 2025 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1232
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies
Distance:60 million light years
Constellation:Eridanus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):3 9 52.34
Position (Dec):-20° 34' 21.93"
Field of view:13.55 x 13.34 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 45.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Danish 1.54-metre telescope
Optical
V
Danish 1.54-metre telescope
Optical
R
Danish 1.54-metre telescope

 

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