Messier 66 — member of the Leo Triplet

The spiral galaxy Messier 66 is located at a distance of about 35 million light-years in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). Together with Messier 65 and NGC 3628, Messier 66 is a member of the Leo Triplet, a trio of interacting spiral galaxies.

Like all the galaxies in LEGUS, Messier 66 is undergoing vigorous star and star-cluster formation. One of the goals of LEGUS is to sample star-forming regions across each galaxy. Because the galaxies are relatively close to Earth, Hubble can resolve individual stars.

An image of this galaxy was already released back in 2010 (heic1006). This newly-processed image now also shows ultraviolet radiation Hubble captured from the galaxy.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the LEGUS team

About the Image

Id:heic1810c
Type:Observation
Release date:17 May 2018, 19:00
Related releases:heic1810
Size:3843 x 4080 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 66
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:35 million light years
Constellation:Leo
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 20 14.78
Position (Dec):12° 57' 51.12"
Field of view:2.53 x 2.69 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 36.8° left of vertical


Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
UV
275 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
B
438 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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