MUSE views the strange galaxy NGC 4650A

This view shows how the new MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope gives a innovative three-dimensional depiction of a distant galaxy. For each part of the galaxy the light has been split up into its component colours — revealing not only the motions of different parts of the galaxy but also clues to its chemical composition and other properties.

During the subsequent analysis the astronomer can move through the data and study different views of the object at different wavelengths, just like tuning a television to different channels at different frequencies.

This picture is based on data on the polar ring galaxy NGC 4650A that were obtained soon after the instrument achieved first light in early 2014.


ESO/MUSE consortium/R. Bacon/L. Calçada

About the Image

Release date:5 March 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1407
Size:4500 x 2813 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4650A
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Ring

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Colours & filters

Very Large Telescope