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HAWK-I image of NGC 2997
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Name: NGC 2997
Description: Spiral Galaxy
Position (J2000): RA 9h 45m 38.78s  Dec -31° 11' 28.49"
Constellation: Antlia
Distance: 30 million light years
Visual magnitude: 9.5
Angular size: 9.7 by 8.6 arcmin
Field of view: 6.48 x 6.46 arcminutes
Orientation: North is 0.2° left of vertical
Image Credit: ESO/P. Grosbøl
Release date: October 27, 2010

  1999 image:     G9921
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This image, NGC 2997, is a spiral galaxy roughly 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Antlia (the Air Pump). Discovered on March 4, 1793 by William Herschel, NGC 2997 is the brightest member of a group of galaxies of the same name in the Local Supercluster of galaxies. Our own Local Group, of which the Milky Way is a member, is itself also part of the Local Supercluster.

The image was made in infrared light with the HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile. HAWK-I is one of the most powerful infrared imagers in the world, and this is one of the sharpest and most detailed pictures of this galaxy ever taken from Earth. The filters used were Y (shown here in blue), J (in green), H (in orange), and K (in red). The field of view of the image is about 6.4 arcminutes.

From Wikipedia:

NGC 2997 is a face-on unbarred spiral galaxy about 25 million light-years away in the constellation Antlia. It is the brightest galaxy of the NGC 2997 group of galaxies.NGC 2997 is particularly notable for a nucleus surrounded by a chain of hot giant clouds of ionized hydrogen.