NGC 253

NGC 253 is one of brightest spiral galaxies in the night sky, easily visible with small telescopes, and it is composed of thousands of young, blue stars. It is undergoing intense star formation. The image demonstrates the sharp "eye" of Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, which is able to show individual stars. The dark filaments are clouds of dust and gas. NGC 253 is the dominant galaxy in the Sculptor Group of galaxies and it resides about 13 million light-years from Earth.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton and B. Williams (University of Washington), T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, T. Abbott and NOAO/AURA/NSF

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:heic0819b
Type:Observation
Release date:30 September 2008, 16:00
Related releases:heic0819
Size:15135 x 3849 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 253
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:10 million light years
Constellation:Sculptor

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 47 52.52
Position (Dec):-25° 13' 47.79"
Field of view:12.63 x 3.21 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 139.9° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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