Snap­ping a galaxy in some spare time

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

This spec­tac­u­lar im­age is of the spi­ral galaxy NGC 3981 which lies ap­prox­i­mately 65 mil­lion light years away from Earth in the con­stel­la­tion of Crater, and it pro­vided an ex­cel­lent pas­time for the Eu­ro­pean South­ern Ob­ser­va­tory (ESO)’s Very Large Tele­scope.

One night in May 2018 in Chile, the weather proved un­suit­able for sci­en­tific ob­ser­va­tions, but in­stead of sit­ting idle and do­ing noth­ing sci­en­tists cap­tured this galac­tic beauty as part of ESO’s Cos­mic

Gem Pro­gramme. This outreach pro­gramme will ben­e­fit greatly from hav­ing this galac­tic snap­shot which pre­sents all the ap­peal­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics a galaxy has to of­fer.

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