Sail of Stars

Esahubble_potw2203a_1024

esahubble_potw2203a January 17th, 2022

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, ESO, R. J. FoleyAcknowledgement: R. Colombari

The spiral arms of the galaxy NGC 3318 are lazily draped across this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This spiral galaxy lies in the constellation Vela and is roughly 115 million light-years away from Earth. Vela was originally part of a far larger constellation, known as Argo Navis after the fabled ship Argo from Greek mythology, but this unwieldy constellation proved to be impractically large. Argo Navis was split into three separate parts called Carina, Puppis, and Vela — each named after part of the Argo. As befits a galaxy in a nautically inspired constellation, the outer edges of NGC 3318 almost resemble a ship’s sails billowing in a gentle breeze.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/potw2203a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Baltimore, MD, United States

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 3318
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 37m 16.2s
DEC = -41° 37’ 39.1”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
2.5 x 1.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Vela

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Blue VLT (MUSE) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Green VLT (MUSE) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Green VLT (MUSE) Optical (i) 785.0 nm
Red VLT (MUSE) Optical (i) 785.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Green
Blue
Blue
Green
Green
Red
Esahubble_potw2203a_1280
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ID
potw2203a
Subject Category
Subject Name
NGC 3318
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, ESO, R. J. FoleyAcknowledgement: R. Colombari
Release Date
2022-01-17T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/potw2203a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Very Large Telescope (VLT), Very Large Telescope (VLT), Very Large Telescope (VLT), Very Large Telescope (VLT)
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, MUSE, MUSE, MUSE, MUSE
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Green, Blue, Blue, Green, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, I, V, V, V, V, i, i
Central Wavelength
814, 814, 555, 555, 555, 555, 785, 785
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None, None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
159.31761689747043, -41.627529150679315
Reference Dimension
3839.0, 2628.0
Reference Pixel
1919.5, 1314.0
Scale
-1.1007154042794577e-05, 1.1007154042794577e-05
Rotation
0
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
https://esahubble.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
ESA Office, Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Dr
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
United States
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
potw2203a
Metadata Date
2022-01-03T22:34:57+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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