Hubble Spies a Stunning Spiral

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esahubble_potw2212a March 21st, 2022

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team

This cosmic portrait — captured with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 — shows a stunning view of the spiral galaxy NGC 4571, which lies approximately 60 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Coma Berenices. This constellation — whose name translates as Bernice’s Hair — was named after an Egyptian queen who lived more than 2200 years ago. As majestic as spiral galaxies like NGC 4571 are, they are far from the largest structures known to astronomers. NGC 4571 is part of the Virgo cluster, which contains more than a thousand galaxies. This cluster is in turn part of the larger Virgo supercluster, which also encompasses the Local Group which contains our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Even larger than superclusters are galaxy filaments  — the largest known structures in the Universe. This image comes from a large programme of observations designed to produce a treasure trove of combined observations from two great observatories: Hubble and ALMA. ALMA, The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, is a vast telescope consisting of 66 high-precision antennas high in the Chilean Andes, which together observe at wavelengths between infrared and radio waves. This allows ALMA to detect the clouds of cool interstellar dust which give rise to new stars. Hubble’s razor-sharp observations at ultraviolet wavelengths, meanwhile, allows astronomers to pinpoint the location of hot, luminous, newly formed stars. Together, the ALMA and Hubble observations provide a vital repository of data to astronomers studying star formation, as well as laying the groundwork for future science with the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/potw2212a/

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 4571
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 36m 56.1s
DEC = 14° 13’ 14.5”
Orientation
North is 199.5° CCW
Field of View
2.7 x 2.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Coma Berenices

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical (B) 438.0 nm
Purple Hubble (WFC3) Optical (U) 336.0 nm
Purple Hubble (WFC3) Ultraviolet (UV) 275.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Blue
Purple
Purple
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ID
potw2212a
Subject Category
Subject Name
NGC 4571
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team
Release Date
2022-03-21T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/potw2212a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue, Purple, Purple
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Ultraviolet
Bandpass
I, V, B, U, UV
Central Wavelength
814, 555, 438, 336, 275
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
189.23370705260388, 14.220695485396803
Reference Dimension
4083.0, 3936.0
Reference Pixel
2041.5, 1968.0
Scale
-1.1012577558844773e-05, 1.1012577558844773e-05
Rotation
199.4999999999998
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
potw2212a
Metadata Date
2022-03-12T00:32:07+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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