Portrait of a Starburst Galaxy

KPNO captures irregular starburst galaxy IC 10 in glorious detail

This striking image from NOIRLab’s Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) presents a portrait of the irregular galaxy IC 10, a disorderly starburst galaxy close to the Milky Way. As well as a population of bright young stars, this irregular galaxy harbors exotic Wolf-Rayet stars and a black hole. IC 10 lies around 2 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation of Cassiopeia. Though this distance seems huge, it puts IC 10 in the ever-growing Local Group of galaxies.

Credit:

KPNO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Data obtained and processed by: P. Massey (Lowell Obs.), G. Jacoby, K. Olsen, & C. Smith (NOAO/AURA/NSF)
Image processing: Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin

About the Image

Id:noirlab2013a
Type:Observation
Release date:June 18, 2020, noon
Related releases:noirlab2013
Size:4987 x 3209 px

About the Object

Name:IC 10
Constellation:Cassiopeia
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 20 17.84
Position (Dec):59° 18' 3.22"
Field of view:17.33 x 11.15 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
U
355 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic II
Optical
B
438 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic II
Optical
OIII
502 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic II
Optical
V
538 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic II
Optical
R
651 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic II
Optical
H-alpha
657 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic II
Optical
SII
672 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic II
Optical
I
820 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic II