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February 28, 2006 06:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-10

Hubble's Largest Galaxy Portrait Offers a New High-Definition View

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: M101 (NGC 5457, The Pinwheel Galaxy)
Object Description: Face-on Spiral Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 14h 03m 13s
Dec. +54° 20' 53"
Constellation: Ursa Major
Distance: 25 million light-years (8 Megaparsecs)
About the Data
Data Description:

This image was created from HST data from proposals 9490: K.D. Kuntz (JHU/GSFC), P. Barmby and J.P. Huchra (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), K. Mukai, S.L. Snowden, and W.D. Pence (Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, GSFC), and J.P. Brodie (University of California, Santa Cruz).

Other proposals used include:

  • Fabio Bresolin (proposal 9492)
  • John Trauger (proposal 5210)
  • Jeremy Mould (proposal 5397)
  • You-Hou Chu (proposal 6829)

The Hubble exposures have been superimposed onto ground-based images, visible at the edge of the image, taken at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii, and at the 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Arizona.

Instrument: ACS/WFC, WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): March 1994, September 1994, June 1999, November 2002, and January 2003
Filters: F435W(B), F555W(V), F814W(I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, K. Kuntz (JHU), F. Bresolin (University of Hawaii), J. Trauger (Jet Propulsion Lab), J. Mould (NOAO), Y.-H. Chu (University of Illinois, Urbana), and STScI
Release Date: February 28, 2006