Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Hubble's new BIG beautiful picture

The Hubble imaging team have released one of the largest ever images of a galaxy taken by the Hubble Space telescope. The 4-foot-by-8-foot image is being released today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego, California.

According to NASA, "At Hubble's resolution, a myriad of fine details, some of which have never before been seen, is seen throughout the galaxy's arms, disk, bulge, and nucleus. Blue and red supergiant stars, star clusters, and star-forming regions are well resolved across the spiral arms, and dust lanes trace out fine structures in the disk and bar. Numerous more distant galaxies are visible in the background, and are seen even through the densest regions of NGC 1300."

The Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300, lies roughly 69 million light-years away (21 megaparsecs) in the direction of the constellation Eridanus.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)


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