Glistening Spiral Galaxy

The spiral galaxy NGC 2541 is shown in extravagant detail in this astronomical snapshot from the Nicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. Astronomers recognize a variety of galaxy types, and NGC 2541 is classified as an unbarred spiral galaxy. These galaxies possess spectacular spiral arms like the ones shown here, but lack the central bar-shaped structure displayed by galaxies such as the Milky Way. NGC 2541 lies 37 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Lynx (The Lynx). Sandwiched between the constellations of Ursa Major, Gemini, and Leo, Lynx is one of 10 new constellations established by the 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius. The constellation is composed of very faint stars, leading Hevelius to claim that only the lynx-eyed — people with exceptionally keen eyesight — would be able to spot this unobtrusive constellation.

Credit:

KPNO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Acknowledgements: PI: M T. Patterson (New Mexico State University)
Image processing: Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin

 

About the Image

Id:iotw2030a
Type:Observation
Release date:July 22, 2020, 3:17 p.m.
Size:2342 x 1941 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2541
Constellation:Lynx
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):8 14 41.70
Position (Dec):49° 3' 31.32"
Field of view:10.21 x 8.46 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.0° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
U
355 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1
Optical
B
438 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1
Optical
R
651 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1
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H-alpha
657 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1