Galaxy Galaxy, Burning Bright!

In the forests of the night lies a barred spiral galaxy called NGC 3583, imaged here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This is a barred spiral galaxy with two arms that twist out into the Universe. This galaxy is located 98 million light-years away from the Milky Way. Two supernovae exploded in this galaxy, one in 1975 and another, more recently, in 2015.

There are a few different ways that supernova can form. In the case of these two supernovae, the explosions evolved from two independent binary star systems in which the stellar remnant of a Sun-like star, known as a white dwarf, was collecting material from its companion star. Feeding off of its partner, the white dwarf gorged on the material until it reached a maximum mass. At this point, the star collapsed inward before exploding outward in a brilliant supernova.

Two of these events were spotted in NGC 3583, and though not visible in this picture of the week, we can still marvel at the galaxy’s fearful symmetry.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.

About the Image

Id:potw2018a
Type:Observation
Release date:4 May 2020, 06:00
Size:3660 x 3639 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3583
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Barred
Distance:100 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 14 10.81
Position (Dec):48° 19' 5.48"
Field of view:2.42 x 2.40 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 153.0° right of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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