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Light And Distance

Above and Beyond: Spiral Galaxy NGC 1309

NGC 1309 is 100 million light-years away from Earth. But look past it, and you'll see a multitude of even more distant galaxies. 

Credits

Light and Distance
 
 
Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach
 
All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA except:
 
·       Illustration of radiation from everyday objects courtesy of STScI
·       Illustration of electromagnetic waves courtesy of STScI
·       Photo of crepuscular rays courtesy of Wikimedia user Fir0002/Flagstaffotos
·       Photo of snake courtesy of Mark Mannetti
·       Infrared image of a mouse courtesy of Julius Lab, UCSF
·       Photo of snow geese and the Moon courtesy of Brocken Inaglory
·       James Webb Space Telescope illustrations by STScI/G. Bacon
·       Ariane 5 rocket launch image ©2008 ESA – CNES – Arianespace/Photo by Optique Video CSG
·       James Webb Space Telescope animation by STScI/G. Bacon
·       Animation of traveling light pulses courtesy of Footage Island
·       Alpha Centauri animation courtesy of ESO/L. Calçada/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)
·       Andromeda Galaxy image courtesy of ESA/Hubble & Digitized Sky Survey 2; acknowledgment: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)
·       Illustration of galaxies at different distances by STScI/A. Field
·       Cosmic redshift animation courtesy of ESO
·       Simulated JWST galaxy field image courtesy of STScI
·       Taurus constellation drawing from Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory
 
Written by Tracy Vogel
Designed by Marc Lussier 
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music
 
 

Transcript

(DESCRIPTION) 
 An image of spiral galaxy NGC 1309, a swirl of pale white and yellow clouds spinning around a central bright glowing orange point. The clouds are filled with stars and surrounded by the star-filled blackness of space. Text, This is spiral galaxy NGC 1309, 100 million light-years away from Earth. But look past it, and you'll see a multitude of even more distant galaxies. Zooming out, the space behind the galaxy contains smaller spirals and spheres in the distance. 


(SPEECH) 
 [TRANQUIL SPACE MUSIC PLAYING] 


(DESCRIPTION) 
 The light from NGC 1309 traveled 100 million years to form this image. The light from the galaxies behind NGC 1309 traveled even longer, some of it for billions of years.