The Sculpted Galaxy

Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, this image shows NGC 7513, a barred spiral galaxy. Located approximately 60 million light-years away, NGC 7513 lies within the Sculptor constellation in the southern hemisphere

This galaxy is moving at the astounding speed of 1564 kilometres per second, and it is heading away from us. For context, the Earth orbits the Sun at about 30 kilometres per second. Though NGC 7513’s apparent movement away from the Milky Way might seem strange, it is not that unusual. 

While some galaxies, like the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy, are caught in each other’s gravitational pull and will eventually merge together, the vast majority of  galaxies in our Universe appear to be moving away from each other. This phenomenon is due to the expansion of the Universe, and it is the space between galaxies that is stretching, rather than the galaxies themselves moving.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Stiavelli, P. Erwin et al.

About the Image

Id:potw2027a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 July 2020, 06:00
Size:980 x 1027 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 7513
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Barred
Distance:60 million light years
Constellation:Sculptor
Category:Galaxies

Image Formats

Large JPEG
431.0 KB
Screensize JPEG
309.0 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
304.9 KB
1280x1024
465.4 KB
1600x1200
621.8 KB
1920x1200
683.6 KB
2048x1536
908.2 KB

Coordinates

Position (RA):23 13 14.02
Position (Dec):-28° 21' 26.94"
Field of view:0.65 x 0.68 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 107.9° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
g
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

Also see our


Accelerated by CDN77