About the Object

Name: M 74, Messier 74, NGC 628
Distance: 32 million light years
Constellation: Pisces
Category: Galaxies
MIRI
Picture of the Month

Coordinates

Position (RA):1 36 41.85
Position (Dec):15° 46' 49.55"
Field of view:3.37 x 2.09 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 110.1° left of vertical



Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared7.7 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
MIRI
Infrared10 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
MIRI
Optical
I
814 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared11 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
MIRI
Optical
NII
658 nmHubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared21 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
MIRI

The Phantom Galaxy Across the Spectrum

M74 shines at its brightest in this combined optical/mid-infrared image, featuring data from both the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

With Hubble’s venerable Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and Webb’s powerful Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) capturing a range of wavelengths, this new image has remarkable depth. The red colours mark dust threaded through the arms of the galaxy, lighter oranges being areas of hotter dust. The young stars throughout the arms and the nuclear core are picked out in blue. Heavier, older stars towards the galaxy’s centre are shown in cyan and green, projecting a spooky glow from the core of the Phantom Galaxy. Bubbles of star formation are also visible in pink across the arms. Such a variety of galactic features is rare to see in a single image.

Scientists combine data from telescopes operating across the electromagnetic spectrum to truly understand astronomical objects. In this way, data from Hubble and Webb compliment each other to provide a comprehensive view of the spectacular M74 galaxy.

Links

Credit:

ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-JWST Team; ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Chandar
Acknowledgement: J. Schmidt

About the Image

Id: potm2208b
Type: Observation
Release date: 29 August 2022, 06:00
Size: 5047 x 3136 px


Image Formats

Large JPEG
5.8 MB
Screensize JPEG
360.3 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
538.2 KB
1280x1024
842.9 KB
1600x1200
1.2 MB
1920x1200
1.4 MB
2048x1536
1.7 MB

Also see our