Dark Energy Camera Captures South Pinwheel Galaxy

In fact, DECam has already completed its main job as the tool was used to complete

dark energy research conductedfrom 2013 to 2019. Instead of quietly retiring, DECam stays busy. Members of the astronomical community can apply for a time to use it, and the collected data is processed and made publicly available through the astronomical data archive in the Community Science and Data Center (CSDC) program at NSF NOIRLab.

Messier 83, or South Pinwheel, is in the southernconstellation Hydra. The galaxy is almost completely turned "face" to the Earth. This means that astronomers have the opportunity to observe its spiral structure with fantastic details. The galaxy is about 15 million light-years from Earth and about 50,000 light-years in diameter. The object is slightly smaller compared to the Milky Way, which ranges from 100,000 to 200,000 light years in diameter.

DECam uses six different filters.They allow astronomers to choose at which wavelengths of light to observe the sky. This is critical in situations where scientists require specific information about an object. Also, it is working with different filters that allows you to create colorful images like this.

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