Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1313 - VLT

This is a view of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1313 taken with the the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile on Dec. 16, 2003 through various broad-band (B, R, z) and narrow-band filters (H-alpha, [o I], [O III]). The colour composited image was made by assigning B to the blue channel, [O I] and [O III] to the green channel, and R, z, and H-alpha to the red channel. This gives many of the nebulous shells along the outer spiral arms a yellow/red hue. The outline of the central region indicates the area observed with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Credit:

H. Boffin (FORS/VLT/ESO)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0705b
Type:Observation
Release date:10 January 2007, 19:00
Size:1594 x 1657 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1313
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:20 million light years
Constellation:Reticulum
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):3 18 20.76
Position (Dec):-66° 29' 34.61"
Field of view:5.32 x 5.53 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope (VLT)
FORS1
Optical
OII
Very Large Telescope (VLT)
FORS1
Optical
B
Very Large Telescope (VLT)
FORS1
Infrared
Z
Very Large Telescope (VLT)
FORS1
Optical
OIII
Very Large Telescope (VLT)
FORS1
Optical
H-alpha
Very Large Telescope (VLT)
FORS1

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