About the Object

Name: LEDA 2046648
Constellation: Hercules
Category: Galaxies
Picture of the Month


Position (RA):16 58 31.07
Position (Dec):34° 16' 37.29"
Field of view:2.27 x 2.23 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 72.4° left of vertical

Colours & filters

Infrared 1.5 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
Infrared 2.0 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
Infrared 2.77 μmJames Webb Space Telescope
Infrared 3.56 μmJames Webb Space Telescope

A Spiral Amongst Thousands

This image displays a wider view of the field of stars and galaxies surrounding the spiral galaxy LEDA 2046648. Webb’s NIRCam instrument has picked out a profusion of smaller, more distant galaxies and bright stars around this galaxy, demonstrating the telescope’s impressive resolution in infrared wavelengths. Calibration images such as this one were critical to verify the telescope’s capabilities as it was prepared for science operations, and this one doesn’t disappoint. 

[Image description: Many stars and galaxies lie on a dark background, in a variety of colours but mostly shades of orange. Some galaxies are large enough to make out spiral arms. Along the bottom of the frame is a large, detailed spiral galaxy seen at an oblique angle, with another galaxy about one-quarter the size just beneath it. Both have a brightly glowing core, and areas of star formation which light up their spiral arms.]


 ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, A. Martel

About the Image

Id: potm2301b
Type: Observation
Release date: 31 January 2023, 06:00
Size: 4409 x 4335 px

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