The Cartwheel Galaxy

This close-up image of the galaxy's nucleus reveals the comet-like knots of gas. These knots are mostly confined to the core's left side and appear as white streaks inside the blue ring.

Credit:

Curt Struck and Philip Appleton (Iowa State University), Kirk Borne (Hughes STX Corporation), and Ray Lucas ( Space Telescope Science Institute), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9636a2
Type:Observation
Release date:26 November 1996, 06:00
Size:192 x 221 px

About the Object

Name:Cartwheel Galaxy, IRAS 00352-3359
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Lenticular
Distance:500 million light years
Constellation:Sculptor

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 37 40.96
Position (Dec):-33° 42' 58.95"
Field of view:0.32 x 0.37 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 52.6° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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