The galactic glory of NGC 2280

This new image of the galaxy NGC 2280 shows the extent of its massive spiral arms that reach far into the surrounding space. These star-filled tentacles taper off into wispy blue clouds of illuminated and glowing gas well away from the central, bright bulge of the galaxy. Found towards the constellation of Canis Major (the Greater Dog), NGC 2280 is thought to be similar in shape to our own Milky Way galaxy.

NGC 2280 whirls in the cosmos about 75 million light-years from us; this snapshot therefore shows the galaxy as it appeared when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

The very bright stars that sparkle like diamonds in the image, as well as the many other stars of various colours, are all in the foreground of our view, as they lie much closer to us than NGC 2280.

The image was captured with the ESO Faint Object Spectrograph and Camera (EFOSC2) through three filters (B, V, R). EFOSC2 was attached to the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. EFOSC2 has a field of view of 4.1 x 4.1 arcminutes.

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Auðkenni:ngc2280-potw
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Des 3, 2009, 23:18 CET
Stærð:1985 x 1990 px

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Nafn:Galaxy, NGC 2280
Tegund:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Fjarlægð:75 milljón ljósár
Constellation:Canis Major
Flokkur:Galaxies

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Position (RA):6 44 49.40
Position (Dec):-27° 38' 21.72"
Field of view:5.22 x 5.23 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 1.2° højre frá lóðréttu

Litir og síur

TíðnisviðBylgjulengdSjónauki
Sýnilegt
B
440 nmESO 3.6-metre telescope
EFOSC2
Sýnilegt
V
547 nmESO 3.6-metre telescope
EFOSC2
Sýnilegt
R
643 nmESO 3.6-metre telescope
EFOSC2

 

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