Cartwheel Galaxy in Sculptor

The Cartwheel Galaxy (also known as ESO 350-40) is a lenticular and ring galaxy about 500 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. It is estimated 150,000 light-years across. The galaxy apparently underwent a head-on collision with a smaller companion approximately 200 million years before. The shock wave swept up gas and dust, creating a starburst around the galaxy's center. This explains the bluish ring around the center. It can be seen that the galaxy is beginning to retake the form of a normal spiral galaxy, with arms.
Find an image taken with the Hubble telescope here:

Image data:
LRGB (L 21x20m, R 8x20m, G 8x20m, B 8x20m) total 15 h combined. Seeing 0.7-1 arcsec;
Processing: Johannes Schedler

80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller corrected cassegrain, FLI Proline 16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO Chile

Full field in 25/100% below (North is down)


Here a central crop in 75/150% size:

>Cartwheel 75%


Last modified on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:51

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