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February 17, 2012 11:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-11

NASA's Hubble Spots a Relic from a Shredded Galaxy

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: ESO 243-49 HLX-1
Object Description: Edge-on Spiral Galaxy with Black Hole
Position (J2000): R.A. 01h 10m 27s.74
Dec. -46° 04' 27".3
Constellation: Phoenix
Distance: 290 million light-years (100 million parsecs)
About the Data
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 12256: S. Farrell (Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney), C. Knigge and T. Maccarone (University of Southampton), A. Gosling (University of Oxford), M. Servillat (Harvard University), K. Wiersema (University of Leicester), and N. Webb, D. Barret, and O. Godet (Centre d' Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements, Toulouse, France)
Instrument: WFC3
Exposure Date(s): September 23-24, 2010
Exposure Time: 50 minutes
Filters: WFC3/UVIS: F390W (C), F555W (V), and F774W (i)
WFC3/IR: F160W (H)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Farrell (Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney)
Release Date: February 17, 2012
Color: This image is a composite of separate exposures acquired by the WFC3 instrument on HST. Several filters were used to sample broad wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic (grayscale) image associated with an individual filter. In this case, the assigned colors are:
F390W (C) blue
F555W (V) aquamarine
F774W (i) yellow-green
F160W (H) red