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OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: HAWK-I sharpens infrared views

Published on Friday, 12 November 2010 09:49

 

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NGC1232 in the infrared, captured by the ESO's new HAWK-1 camera. (ESO/P Grosbøl)

 

NGC1232, an intermediate spiral galaxy some 65 million light-years away, as seen in the near-infrared with the European Southern Observatory’s HAWK-I camera. This is a false-colour image using blue for the Y band, green for J, brown for H and red for K. The field of view is about 6.4 arcminutes. HAWK-I is one of the most powerful infrared imagers in the world, and this is one of the sharpest and most detailed pictures of this galaxy ever taken from Earth.

www.eso.org/public/images/eso1042g