An infrared/visible comparison view of Messier 83

This image is a comparison of the view of the galaxy Messier 83 in visible and infrared light. The visible light image (right) was taken with the Wide Field Imager on the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla in Chile. The new infrared image (left) was taken with the HAWK-I instrument on the VLT at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. In the infrared, the dust that obscures many stars becomes nearly transparent, making the spiral arms less dramatic, but revealing a whole host of new stars that are otherwise invisible.

Kilde:

ESO/M. Gieles.
Acknowledgement: Mischa Schirmer

Om billedet

Id:eso1020c
Type:Observation
Udgivelsesdato:19. maj 2010 12:00
Relaterede pressemeddelelser:eso1020
Størrelse:6886 x 3479 px

Om objektet

Navn:Messier 83
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Afstand:15 million lysår
Kategori:Galaxies

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BåndTeleskop
Infrarød
J
Very Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Optisk
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrarød
H
Very Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Optisk
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrarød
K
Very Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Optisk
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

Noter: WFI optical data refers to the right image, Hawk-I data refers to the left image.

 

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