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Starburst galaxy M 83 as seen by XMM-Newton in X-rays


Minimum credit line: Image courtesy of Rosemary Willatt, Pedro Rodriguez (ESAC) and ESA. (for details, see Conditions of Use).
Credit: ESA/XMM-Newton, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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About this Image

The image shows the starburst galaxy M 83 as seen in the X-ray band by XMM-Newton's EPIC cameras. The image is false-coloured as follows: soft (0.2-0.8 keV) photons are shown in red, medium (0.8-1.5 keV) in green and hard (1.5-12 keV) in blue. The spiral structure and extended emission can be seen clearly in the lowest energy band and to a much lesser extent the medium band. See the associated article for the derived scientific results.

Investigator(s):  Mike Watson

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  • Detailed description of this image

  • Instrument EPIC
    Observing Mode Full Frame
    Filter Medium
    Date of Observation 2003-01-27
    Band (lo - hi) 0.2 - 12 keV
    Image size 15.00 x 15.00 arcmin
    Detailed Caption The data were taken on January 27th 2003. The pn camera was operated in extended full frame mode with the medium filter, and the MOS cameras in full frame mode with the medium filter. The total exposure time after cleaning for periods of high background was 57 ks for the pn camera and 74 ks for the MOS cameras.

  • Query XSA archive for XMM-Newton data in the field of M 83
  • Astronomical database entries for M 83;
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