Cosmological Curiosity

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features the spiral galaxy Mrk 1337, which is roughly 120 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Virgo. Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 snapped Mrk 1337 at a wide range of ultraviolet, visible and infrared wavelengths, producing this richly detailed image. Mrk 1337 is a weakly barred spiral galaxy, which as the name suggests means that the spiral arms radiate from a central bar of gas and stars. Bars occur in roughly half of spiral galaxies, including our own galaxy the Milky Way.

These observations are part of a campaign to improve our knowledge of how fast the universe is expanding. They were proposed by Adam Riess, who was awarded a Nobel Laureate in physics 2011 for his contributions to the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe, alongside Saul Perlmutter and Brian Schmidt.

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Credit:

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

About the Image

Id:potw2145a
Type:Observation
Release date:8 November 2021, 06:00
Size:3363 x 2047 px

About the Object

Constellation:Virgo

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 52 34.64
Position (Dec):-9° 46' 35.96"
Field of view:2.22 x 1.35 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 13.4° left of vertical


Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Long pass
350 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
Long pass
350 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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