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NGC 6118
Spiral Galaxy (渦巻銀河)
Gx Sc


別名 (Other names)
PGC 57924, UGC 10350, MCG 0-42-2

明るさ (Brightness)
11.7等級

星座 (Constellation)
へび座 (Ser) (Serpens)

距離 (Distance)
8,000万光年 (80 million light-years)

NGC 6118 is a spiral galaxy located 80 million light years from the Earth in the constellation Serpens.

NGC 6118 (Spiral Galaxy) : Picture

NGC 6118 (Spiral Galaxy)
NGC 6118 (Spiral Galaxy)
(C) ESO
NGC 6118, a grand-design spiral galaxy, shines bright in this image, displaying its central bar and tight spiral arms from its home in the constellation of Serpens. The galaxy is sometimes known to amateur astronomers as the “Blinking Galaxy” because this relatively faint, fuzzy object would appear to flick into existence when viewed through their telescopes in a certain orientation, and then suddenly disappear again as the eye position shifted. The brilliant blue star-forming regions of the galaxy, where hot young stars are born, are beautifully illuminated, even from over 80 million light-years away. In 2004, regular observers of this galaxy saw a “new star” appear near the edge of the galaxy (above the centre of the image). Far from being a new star, this object, supernova 2004dk, is in fact the final, powerful burst of light emitted by the explosion of a star.

NGC 6118
Spiral Galaxy NGC 6118 and SN 2004dk
(C) ESO
Composite colour-coded image of the "grand design" spiral galaxy NGC 6118, at a distance of 80 million light-years. It is based on images obtained with the multi-mode VIMOS instrument on the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) in three different wavebands. The image covers 6.7 x 5.8 square arcminutes on the sky. North is up and East is to the left. The arrow indicates the position of supernova SN 2004dk.

NGC 6118 (Spiral Galaxy)
NGC 6118 (Spiral Galaxy)
(C) ESO
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