Hubble view of green filament in galaxy NGC 5252

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows ghostly green filaments, lying within galaxy NGC 5252. This filament was illuminated by a blast of radiation from a quasar — a very luminous and compact region that surrounds the supermassive black hole at the centre of its host galaxy.

Its bright green hue is a result of ionised oxygen, which glows brightly at green wavelengths.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, W. Keel (University of Alabama, USA) and Z. Tsevtanov (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)

About the Image

Id:heic1507f
Type:Observation
Release date:2 April 2015, 17:00
Related releases:heic1507
Size:339 x 295 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5252
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Appearance : Emission
Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
Constellation:Virgo
Category:Nebulae
Quasars and Black Holes

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 38 15.74
Position (Dec):4° 32' 34.72"
Field of view:0.56 x 0.49 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
R
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Oiii
533 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha + Nii
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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