HUBBLE IMAGE AND 3D MODEL OF M87

Stsci_2023-014a_1024

stsci_2023-014a April 13th, 2023

Credit: ILLUSTRATION: NASA, ESA, Joseph Olmsted (STScI), Frank Summers (STScI) SCIENCE: Chung-Pei Ma (UC Berkeley)

A photo of the huge elliptical galaxy M87 [left] is compared to its three-dimensional shape as gleaned from meticulous observations made with the Hubble and Keck telescopes [right]. Because the galaxy is too far away for astronomers to employ stereoscopic vision, they instead followed the motion of stars around the center of M87, like bees around a hive. This created a three-dimensional view of how stars are distributed within the galaxy.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2023/news-2023-014

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

Image Use Policy: http://stsci.edu/copyright/

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Image Details

Image Type
Collage
Object Name
M87
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Elliptical

Distance

Universescale2
53,490,000 light years

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 30m 50.1s
DEC = 12° 23’ 26.0”
Constellation
Virgo

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (B) 475.0 nm
Green Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Red Hubble (ACS/WFC) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
Stsci_2023-014a_1280
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ID
2023-014a
Subject Category
C.5.1.4  
Subject Name
M87
Credits
ILLUSTRATION: NASA, ESA, Joseph Olmsted (STScI), Frank Summers (STScI) SCIENCE: Chung-Pei Ma (UC Berkeley)
Release Date
2023-04-13
Lightyears
53,490,000
Redshift
53,490,000
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2023/news-2023-014
Type
Collage
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble
Instrument
ACS/WFC, ACS/WFC, ACS/WFC
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, I
Central Wavelength
475, 606, 814
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
Reference Value
187.7087707, 12.390557
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://stsci.edu
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://stsci.edu/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
STSCI-H-p23014a-f-3840x2160.tif
Metadata Date
2023-04-13
Metadata Version
1.2
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53,490,000 light years

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