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Glittering galaxies galore in wide-angle VST picture in Virgo – Astronomy Now

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Glittering galaxies galore in wide-angle VST picture in Virgo – Astronomy Now


The European Southern Observatory’s VLT Survey Telescope and its OmegaCAM instrument captured this gorgeous 400-megapixel wide-angle view of a galactic neighbourhood within the constellation Virgo exhibiting a “glittering host of galaxies” shining within the depths of house.

080818_AN_ellipse2 Glittering galaxies galore in wide-angle VST picture in Virgo – Astronomy Now
Picture: ESO/Spavone et al.

A global group of astronomers used the VST to conduct a survey of early-type elliptical galaxies seen from the southern hemisphere, capturing an intriguing view of NGC 5018 close to the centre of the picture beneath that contains a “tidal tail” of stars stretching away into house, an indicator of gravitational interactions with different close by galaxies. The picture additionally contains faint tracks left by two asteroids in Earth’s photo voltaic system together with a scattering of foreground stars within the Milky Means, together with the sensible blue star HD 114746 close to the centre of the picture.

080818_AN_ellipse2 Glittering galaxies galore in wide-angle VST picture in Virgo – Astronomy Now
Picture: ESO/Spavone et al.

The 256-megapixel OmegaCAM used with the VST contains a 32-CCD detector to create photos with 16 instances extra pixels than the Hubble House Telescope’s Superior Digital camera for Surveys.

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