A Galaxy Adrift

This image captures the spiral galaxy NGC 1398, which lies roughly 65 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Fornax. NGC 1398 is a barred spiral galaxy, and both its bright central bar and delicate spiral arms are clearly visible in this image, with the galaxy itself seemingly adrift and alone in a field of stars. Upon closer inspection, however, the sky around NGC 1398 is teeming with the smudges and whirls of distant galaxies.

This deep portrait of NGC 1398 and its neighborhood was captured by the Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. In 1995 the telescope was named in honor of Puerto Rican astronomer Víctor Manuel Blanco, the second director of CTIO. Today, the telescope is a high-performance astronomical workhorse, providing astronomers with detailed observations over a wide field of view.

The image was taken as part of the Dark Energy Survey (DES), funded by the DOE, with one of the highest-performance, wide-field CCD imagers in the world, DECam, built and tested at DOE’s Fermilab.

Credit:

Dark Energy Survey/DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Image processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), J. Miller (Gemini Observatory/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)

About the Image

Id:iotw2140a
Type:Observation
Release date:Oct. 6, 2021, noon
Size:5748 x 4106 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1398
Distance:65 million light years
Constellation:Fornax
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):3 38 51.12
Position (Dec):-26° 20' 24.77"
Field of view:25.20 x 18.00 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 89.9° right of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
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486 nmVíctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope
DECam
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646 nmVíctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope
DECam
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785 nmVíctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope
DECam