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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope View of M74
Sig06 018c

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/B.E.K. Sugerman (STScI)

Observation • June 8th, 2006 • sig06-018c

sig06-018c

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have created this infrared image of the spiral galaxy M74, as seen by Spitzer's Infrared Array Camera. The blue dots represent hot gas and stars. The galaxy's cool dust is shown in red.

The image is an infrared composite, in which 3.6-micron light is blue, 4.5-micron light is green, and 8-micron light is red.

About the Object

Name
Messier 74M74NGC 628Supernova 2003gd
Type
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
Distance
30,000,000 Light Years
Redshift
0.002192

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Infrared 3.6 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 4.5 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 8.0 µm Spitzer IRAC

Astrometrics

Position (J2000)
RA =1h 36m 41.8s
Dec = 15° 47' 0.4"
Field of View
10.0 x 10.0 arcminutes
Orientation
North is up