About the Image
About the Object
- Sculptor Galaxy • NGC 253
- Galaxy > Type > Spiral
- Galaxy > Type > Barred
- Galaxy > Activity > Starburst
- 11,400,000 Light Years
|Infrared||3.6 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||4.5 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||8.0 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||24.0 µm||Spitzer MIPS|
- Position (J2000)
- RA = 0h 47m 34.2s
- Dec = -25° 17' 58.4"
- Field of View
- 34.6 x 29.2 arcminutes
- North is 37.2° left of vertical
The Barred Sculptor Galaxy
The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope. This image is an infrared composite combining data from two of Spitzers detectors taken during its early cold, or cryogenic, mission.
Also known as NGC 253, the Sculptor galaxy is part of a cluster of galaxies visible to observers in the Southern hemisphere. It is known as a starburst galaxy for the extraordinarily strong star formation in its nucleus. This activity warms the surrounding dust clouds, causing the brilliant yellow-red glow in the center of this infrared image.
Infrared light with wavelengths of 3.6 and 4.5 microns is shown as blue/cyan. Eight-micron light is rendered in green, and 24-micron emission is red.
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