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About this Object

Object Name:

M83, NGC 5236, Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Object Description:

Barred Spiral Galaxy

Position (J2000):

R.A. 13h 37m 0s.95
Dec. -29° 51' 55".51




15 million light-years (4.5 million parsecs)


This image is roughly 2.6 arcminutes (11,000 light-years or 3,400 parsecs) wide.

About the Data

Data Description:

The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 11360: R. O'Connell (University of Virginia) and collaborators.



Exposure Dates:

August 19-26, 2009


F336W (U), F555W (V), F814W (I), F502N ([O III]), and F657N (Halpha)

Exposure Time:

2.3 hours

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

November 5, 2009


The image is a composite of separate exposures made by the WFC3 instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. Five filters were used to sample broad and narrow wavelength ranges. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic image. In this case, the assigned colors are:

F336W (U) blue
F555W (V) green
F814W (I) red
F502N ([O III]) cyan
F657N (Halpha) red


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