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Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy April 25, 2006

Posted by jtintle in Chandra X-ray Observatory, Deep Space, JPL, NASA, Space Fotos, University of Arizona.
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NASA's Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create  this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively  portrait celebrates Hubble's

Target Name: M82 Galaxy
Mission: Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
Spitzer Space Telescope (SST)
Spacecraft: Spitzer Space Telescope (SST)
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
Product Size: 640 samples x 480 lines
Produced By: California Institute of Technology
Full-Res TIFF: PIA08093.tif (45.01 MB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA08093.jpg (799.8 kB)

Original Caption Released with Image:

NASA’s Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively portrait celebrates Hubble’s “sweet sixteen” birthday.

X-ray data recorded by Chandra appears in blue; infrared light recorded by Spitzer appears in red; Hubble’s observations of hydrogen emission appear in orange, and the bluest visible light appears in yellow-green.

About the Movie
M82 is shown in all its wavelength glory. Dissolving from Chandra X-ray Observatory images of three X-ray energy bands to images in three bands of the infrared spectrum taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope, and ending with the Hubble Space Telescope’s visible- and near-infrared-light image. The three observatories’ images were composited to reveal the galaxy’s stars, as well as gas and dust features.

Note: The size of the Full-Res TIFF for the still image is 4299 samples x 3490 lines.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI/CXC/UofA/ESA/AURA/JHU
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