Panning across the spiral galaxy NGC 3621

This sequence gives a close-up view of the spiral galaxy NGC 3621. This picture was taken using the Wide Field Imager (WFI) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. NGC 3621 is about 22 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra (The Sea Snake). It is comparatively bright and can be well seen in moderate-sized telescopes. The data from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile used to make this image were selected from the ESO archive by Joe DePasquale as part of the Hidden Treasures competition.


ESO and Joe DePasquale. Music: John Dyson (from the album "Moonwind")

About the Video

Release date:2 February 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso1104
Duration:56 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:NGC 3621



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