Great observatories composite

Composite of images of the active galaxy Messier 82 from the three Great Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and Spitzer Space Telescope. X-ray data recorded by Chandra appears here in blue, infrared light recorded by Spitzer appears in red. Hubble's observation of hydrogen emission appears in orange. Hubble's bluest observation appears in yellow-green.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, CXC, and JPL-Caltech

About the Image

Id:heic0604d
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 2006, 15:00
Related releases:heic0604
Size:6449 x 5235 px

About the Object

Name:Cigar Galaxy, Messier 82
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : Starburst
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:13 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
X-ray 0.826 nm Chandra
ACIS
Optical
B
440 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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