Chandra Determines What Makes a Galaxy's Wind Blow

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chandra_799 March 29th, 2023

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/The Ohio State Univ/S. Lopez et al.; H-alpha and Optical: NSF/NOIRLab/AURA/KPNO/CTIO; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Spitzer/D. Dale et al; Full Field Optical: ESO/La Silla Observatory.

Data from Chandra show the effects of powerful winds launched from the center of a nearby galaxy. An amount of hot gas equivalent to about two million Earth masses blows away from the galaxy's center every year. This composite image of NGC 253 in the inset includes Chandra data (pink and white) showing that these winds blow to the upper right and lower left. This image also contains visible light data from Kitt Peak (cyan), emission from hydrogen (orange), and infrared data from Spitzer (red). From Earth's vantage point, NGC 253 appears nearly edge-on, seen in the wider-field optical image from the La Silla Observatory in Chile

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2023/ngc253/

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

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

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation

Distance

Universescale2
8,000,000 light years

Position Details

Position
RA = 0h 3m 10.2s
DEC = -25° 17’ 18.0”
Constellation
Sculptor

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Purple Chandra X-ray -
Green NOIRLab Optical -
Red Spitzer Space Teleskope Infrared -
Chandra_799_1280
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ID
799
Subject Category
Subject Name
Credits
X-ray: NASA/CXC/The Ohio State Univ/S. Lopez et al.; H-alpha and Optical: NSF/NOIRLab/AURA/KPNO/CTIO; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Spitzer/D. Dale et al; Full Field Optical: ESO/La Silla Observatory.
Release Date
2023-03-29
Lightyears
8,000,000
Redshift
8,000,000
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2023/ngc253/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra X-Ray Observatory, NOIRLab, Spitzer Space Teleskope
Instrument
Color Assignment
Purple, Green, Red
Band
X-ray, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
1999-12-27-0000, -, -
Integration Time
350880, -, -
Dataset ID
790, 969, 3931, 13830, 13831, 13832, 20343, -, -
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
0.7925278, -25.2883333
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
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
799
Resource URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2023/ngc253/ngc253.tif
Related Resources
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2023/ngc253/ngc253_audio_description.mp3
Metadata Date
2024-02-01T15:47:07-05:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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