M101 composite image: Spitzer data (red component)

The red colour is Spitzer's view in infared light. Most of this light comes the galaxy's delicate dust lanes. Such dense dust clouds are where new stars can form. In this image, dust warmed by the light of hot, young stars glows red. Astronomers can use infrared light to examine the dust clouds where stars are born

Credit:

NASA, ESA, CXC, SSC and STScI

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0907c
Type:Observation
Release date:10 February 2009, 15:00
Size:1800 x 1800 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 101, NGC 4547, The Pinwheel Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:22 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Near-IR
8.0 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC

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