A closer look at IC 5201

In 1900, astronomer Joseph Lunt made a discovery: Peering through a telescope at Cape Town Observatory, the British–South African scientist spotted this beautiful sight in the southern constellation of Grus (The Crane): a barred spiral galaxy now named IC 5201.

Over a century later, the galaxy is still of interest to astronomers. For this image, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope used its Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) to produce a beautiful and intricate image of the galaxy. Hubble’s ACS can resolve individual stars within other galaxies, making it an invaluable tool to explore how various populations of stars have sprung to life, evolved, and died throughout the cosmos.

IC 5201 sits over 40 million light-years away from us. As with two thirds of all the spirals we see in the Universe — including the Milky Way, the galaxy has a bar of stars slicing through its centre.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

About the Image

Id:potw1650a
Type:Observation
Release date:12 December 2016, 06:00
Size:3924 x 4053 px

About the Object

Name:IC 5201, LEDA 27893
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Barred
Distance:40 million light years
Constellation:Grus
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):22 20 59.18
Position (Dec):-46° 2' 2.16"
Field of view:3.27 x 3.38 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 112.8° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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