Warm gas clouds and stars in NGC 1300 mapped with MUSE on ESO’s VLT

This image of the nearby galaxy NGC 1300 was taken with the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). The bright reddish glows map warm clouds of hydrogen (Hα), marking the presence of newly born stars, while the bluish regions (a combination of green, red and infrared filters) reveal the distribution of slightly older stars. 

NGC 1300 is a spiral galaxy, with a bar of stars and gas at its centre, located approximately 61 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Eridanus. 

The images were taken as part of the Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby GalaxieS (PHANGS) project, which is making high-resolution observations of nearby galaxies with telescopes operating across the electromagnetic spectrum.


About the Image

Id: ngc1300_muse-ha
Type: Observation
Release date: 16 July 2021, 14:00
Size: 886 x 877 px

About the Object

Name: NGC 1300
Type: Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Barred
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Constellation: Eridanus
Category: Galaxies


Position (RA): 3 19 41.10
Position (Dec): -19&deg 24′ 40.97″
Field of view: 2.95 x 2.92 arcminutes
Orientation: North is 0.0° left of vertical

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