ESO 510-G13 Galaxy

ESO 510-G13 Galaxy

Warped Edge-On Spiral Galaxy in Hydra

Constellation: Hydra
Ra: 13h 56m 16s
Dec: -26d 46m 50s
Distance: 150 million light years
Image Size: 35' x 35'
North: Up; East left



This 35′ x 35′ image (above) contains a rich field of very distant galaxies in the southern constellation of Hydra centered at RA (J2000) 13h 54m 38s and DEC (J2000) -26d 43m 38s. North is up and East is to the left. The “star” of the show is the edge-on galaxy ESO510-G13 lower left of center that is 150 million light years distant with a size that is 82,000 light years across. Its location is RA 13h 56m 16s and DEC -26d 46m 50s. See annotated image below.

What makes ESO510-G13 so interesting is that the equatorial dust cloud is not straight, but is warped and twisted, suggesting that this galaxy collided with another galaxy and is in the process of consuming it. A close-up from my image is presented below where the warped feature is easier to see.

This can be compared to the Hubble Space Telescope image from August 2, 2001 presented below:

Exposure: 13.25 hrs LRGB
Telescope: PlaneWave CDK20, 0.5 m f/6.8
Mount: PlaneWave Ascension 200h
Oag: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: ACP-Expert
Calibration: CCDStack2
Observatory Site: iTelescope, Siding Spring, NSW, Australia
Camera: SBIG STX 16803
Filters: Astrodon Gen 2 LRGB E-Series
Guider: Starlight Xpress Lodestar
Camera Operation: Maxim 5.24
Processing: Photoshop CC 2019
Image Date: 05/21/2019 - 06/04/2019

1 Comment

  1. Sakib

    This is a nice and unexpected target from you! Another one you should try is ESO 269-57.


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