NASA's Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively 
portrait celebrates Hubble's 'sweet sixteen' birthday.
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Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy

NASA's Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively portrait celebrates Hubble's "sweet sixteen" birthday.

X-ray data recorded by Chandra appears in blue; infrared light recorded by Spitzer appears in red; Hubble's observations of hydrogen emission appear in orange, and the bluest visible light appears in yellow-green.

About the Movie
M82 is shown in all its wavelength glory. Dissolving from Chandra X-ray Observatory images of three X-ray energy bands to images in three bands of the infrared spectrum taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope, and ending with the Hubble Space Telescope's visible- and near-infrared-light image. The three observatories' images were composited to reveal the galaxy's stars, as well as gas and dust features.

Note: The size of the Full-Res TIFF for the still image is 4299 samples x 3490 lines.

Image details

ID#:
PIA08093

Date added:
2006-04-24

Target:
M82 Galaxy

Mission:
Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Spitzer Space Telescope

Spacecraft:
Spitzer Space Telescope

Instruments:
Chandra X-ray Telescope, Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), Visible Light

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA08093.tif (45.01 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA08093.jpg (0.8 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI/CXC/UofA/ESA/AURA/JHU