Hubble Reveals Ultraviolet Galactic Ring

The appearance of a galaxy can depend strongly on the colour of the light with which it is viewed. This Hubble Heritage image of NGC 6782 illustrates a pronounced example of this effect. This spiral galaxy, when seen in visible light, exhibits tightly wound spiral arms that give it a pinwheel shape similar to that of many other spirals. However, when the galaxy is viewed in ultraviolet light with NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, its shape is startlingly different.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0137a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 November 2001, 15:00
Size:988 x 842 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6782
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:180 million light years
Constellation:Pavo

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
300 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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