A Galactic Spectacle

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chandra_459 August 5th, 2010

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/J.DePasquale

This composite image of the Antennae galaxies contains X-rays from Chandra (blue), optical data from Hubble (gold and brown), and infrared data from Spitzer (red). The X-ray image shows huge clouds of hot, interstellar gas that have been injected with rich deposits of elements from supernova explosions. This enriched gas, which includes elements such as oxygen, iron, magnesium and silicon, will be incorporated into new generations of stars and planets. The bright, point-like sources in the image are produced by material falling onto black holes and neutron stars that are remnants of the massive stars.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2010/antennae/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Antennae
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Activity > Normal
Galaxy > Activity > Starburst
Galaxy > Grouping > Pair

Distance

Universescale2
60,000,000 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 1m 53.0s
DEC = -18° 52’ 59.5”
Orientation
North is 31.0° CW
Field of View
3.4 x 3.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Corvus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Yellow Hubble (WFC) Optical (B-band) 435.0 nm
Yellow Hubble (WFC) Optical (Narrow-V) 550.0 nm
Yellow Hubble (WFC) Optical (Broad-I) 814.0 nm
Blue Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Red Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared (8 micron) 8.0 µm
Spectrum_xray1
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Blue
Red
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ID
459
Subject Category
C.5.3.1   C.5.3.3   C.5.5.1  
Subject Name
Antennae
Credits
X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/J.DePasquale
Release Date
2010-08-05
Lightyears
60,000,000.0
Redshift
60,000,000.0
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2010/antennae/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
HST, HST, HST, Chandra, Spitzer
Instrument
WFC, WFC, WFC, ACIS, IRAC
Color Assignment
Yellow, Yellow, Yellow, Blue, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, X-ray, Infrared
Bandpass
B-band, Narrow-V, Broad-I, X-ray, 8 micron
Central Wavelength
435, 550, 814, 0.8267, 8000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
180.4707556, -18.8831994
Reference Dimension
3545.0, 3600.0
Reference Pixel
1773.5, 1801.0
Scale
1.58127e-05, 1.581272e-05
Rotation
-31.04
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
antennae.tif
Metadata Date
2011-12-02
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
60,000,000 light years

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