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About this Object

Object Name:

M66, NGC 3627

Object Description:

Spiral Galaxy

Position (J2000):

R.A. 11h 20m 15s.03
Dec. +12° 59' 29".58

Constellation:

Leo

Distance:

35 million light-years (11 million parsecs)

About the Data

Data Description:

This image was created from HST data from proposal 11575: S. Van Dyk (JPL) et. al.; and 10402: R. Chandar (University of Toledo) et. al. A small amount of data was also contributed by astrophotographer R. Gendler.

Instrument:

ACS/WFC

Filters:

F555W (V), F658N (H-alpha+[N II]), and F814W (I)

Exposure Date:

December 30, 2004 and December 14, 2009

About this Image

Credit:

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

Acknowledgments:

Science Acknowledgment: S. Van Dyk (JPL) and R. Chandar (University of Toledo)
Image Processing Acknowledgment: D. De Martin (for ESA)

Release Date:

April 8, 2010

Color:

These images are a composite of separate exposures made by the ACS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. Three 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:

F555W (V)

blue

F555W (V) and F814W (I)

green

F814W (I)

red

F850LP (z)

red