Sculpted in Sculptor

First discovered in 1798 by German-English astronomer William Hershel, NGC 613 is a galaxy which lies in the southern constellation of Sculptor  67 million light-years away. 

Featured here in a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NGC 613 is a lovely example of a barred spiral galaxy. It is easily distinguishable as such because of its well defined central bar and long arms, which spiral loosely around its nucleus. As revealed by surveys, about two thirds of spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way galaxy, contain a bar. 

Recent studies have shown that bars are more common in galaxies now than they were in the past, which gives us important clues about galaxy formation and evolution.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, G. Folatelli

About the Image

Id:potw2102a
Type:Observation
Release date:11 January 2021, 06:00
Size:3435 x 3748 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 613
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:65 million light years
Constellation:Sculptor
Category:Galaxies

Image Formats

Large JPEG
4.9 MB
Screensize JPEG
408.6 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
375.9 KB
1280x1024
616.5 KB
1600x1200
924.7 KB
1920x1200
1.1 MB
2048x1536
1.5 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):1 34 18.06
Position (Dec):-29° 25' 22.79"
Field of view:3.25 x 3.37 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 115.2° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

Also see our


Accelerated by CDN77