A Distant Spiral in Virgo

This image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 5037, which is found in the constellation of Virgo and was first documented by William Herschel in 1785. It lies about 150 million light-years away from Earth, and yet it is possible to see the delicate structures of gas and dust within the galaxy in extraordinary detail. This was made possible by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), which was used to collect the exposures that were combined to create this image. 

WFC3 is a very versatile camera, as it can collect ultraviolet, visible and infrared light, thereby providing a wealth of information about the objects that it observes. WFC3 was installed on Hubble by astronauts in 2009, during servicing mission 4, which was Hubble’s fifth and final servicing mission. Servicing mission 4 was intended to prolong Hubble’s life for another five years. 12 years later, both Hubble and WFC3 remain in active use!

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Rosario
Acknowledgement: L. Shatz

About the Image

Id:potw2121a
Type:Observation
Release date:24 May 2021, 06:00
Size:3456 x 3110 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5037
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Constellation:Virgo
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 14 59.38
Position (Dec):-16° 35' 17.49"
Field of view:2.28 x 2.05 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 161.0° right of vertical


Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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