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November 30, 2000 01:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2000-37

Hubble Captures an Extraordinary and Powerful Active Galaxy

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About this Object 
Object Name: Circinus Galaxy
Object Description: Seyfert 2 Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 14h 13m 10.30s
Dec. -65° 20' 21.0"
Constellation: Circinus
Magnitude: V11
Distance: About 13 million light-years (4 Mpc)
Dimensions: Inner Ring Diameter: 260 light-years (80 pc)
Outer Ring Diameter: 1,300 light-years (400 pc)
About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: April 10, 1999
Exposure Time: ~1 hour
Filters:
Yellow: F814W I
Cyan:: F547M V
Red: F656N Ha
Blue: F502N [OIII]
Principal Astronomers: A. S. Wilson (University of Maryland), P. L. Shopbell (Caltech), C. Simpson (Subaru Telescope), T. Storchi-Bergmann, F. K. B. Barbosa (UFRGS, Brazil) and M. J. Ward (University of Leicester, U.K.).
About this Image 
Release Date: November 30, 2000 1:00 a.m. (EST)
Orientation: Circinus Galaxy Spews Gas Into Space