Galaxy NGC 2397 with an explosive secret

NGC 2397, pictured in this image from Hubble, is a classic spiral galaxy with long prominent dust lanes along the edges of its arms, seen as dark patches and streaks silhouetted against the starlight. Hubble's exquisite resolution allows the study of individual stars in nearby galaxies.

Located nearly 60 million light-years away from Earth, the galaxy NGC 2397 is typical of most spirals, with mostly older, yellow and red stars in its central portion, while star formation continues in the outer, bluer spiral arms. The brightest of these young, blue stars can be seen individually in this high resolution view from the Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).

Credit:

NASA, ESA & Stephen Smartt (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

About the Image

Id:heic0808a
Type:Observation
Release date:31 March 2008, 13:30
Related releases:heic0808
Size:3038 x 2425 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2397
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:60 million light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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