NGC 4993 seen with Hubble

The lenticular galaxy NGC 4993 is located about 130 million light-years from Earth. On 17 August 2017 the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo Interferometer both detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars within this galaxy. The event also resulted in a flare of light, called a kilonova, which is visible to the upper left of the galactic centre in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Credit:

NASA and ESA

About the Image

Id:heic1717c
Type:Observation
Release date:16 October 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1717
Size:1365 x 1458 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4993
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
Distance:130 million light years
Constellation:Hydra
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 9 47.69
Position (Dec):-23° 23' 2.49"
Field of view:1.59 x 1.70 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 22.2° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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