Detail View: NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Collection:

Title: 
NGC 3351 (M95)
Description: 
This image of galaxy NGC 3351, located approximately 30 million light-years away in the constellation Leo was captured by the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey (SINGS) Legacy Project using the telescope's Infrared Array Camera (IRAC). The remarkable galaxy is graced with beautiful "rings" of star formation as seen at the longer (red) wavelengths, pierced by a massive bar-like stellar structure (blue light) that extends from the nucleus to the ringed disk. The SINGS image is a four-channel false-color composite, where blue indicates emission at 3.6 microns, green corresponds to 4.5 microns, and red to 5.8 and 8.0 microns. The contribution from starlight (measured at 3.6 microns) in this picture has been subtracted from the 5.8 and 8 micron images to enhance the visibility of the dust features.
Release Date: 
2005/09/15
Release Credit: 
NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt (University of Arizona) and the SINGS Team
Image Credit: 
NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt (University of Arizona) and the SINGS Team
Object name: 
M95
Object type: 
Spiral galaxy
Position (J2000): 
*RA: *10h43m57.70s *Dec: *11d42m13.00s
Distance: 
30 million light-years
Constellation: 
Leo
Wavelength: 
3.6 (blue), 4.5 (green), 5.8-8.0 (red) microns
Image scale: 
9.1x9.1 arcmin
Observers: 
Robert Kennicutt, Principal Investigator (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona) Lee Armus (Spitzer Science Center, Caltech) Brent Buckalew (Caltech) George Bendo (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona) Daniela Calzetti (Space Telescope Science Institute) Daniel Dale (University of Wyoming) Bruce Draine (Princeton University) Charles Engelbracht (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona) Karl Gordon (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona) George Helou (Caltech) David Hollenbach (NASA Ames Research Center) Thomas Jarrett (Caltech) Lisa Kewley (University of Hawaii) Claus Leitherer (Space Telescope Science Institute) Aigen Li (University of Missouri-Columbia) Sangeeta Malhotra (Space Telescope Science Institute) Helene McLaughlin (Space Telescope Science Institute) Martin Meyer (Space Telescope Science Institute) Eric Murphy (Yale University) Michael Regan (Space Telescope Science Institute) George Rieke (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona) Marcia Rieke (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona) Helene Roussel (Spitzer Science Center, Caltech) Kartik Sheth (Caltech) John-David Smith (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona) Michele D. Thornley (Bucknell University, Space Telescope Science Institute) Fabian Walter (MPIA Heidelberg)
Instrument: 
IRAC
Orientation: 
North is 114 deg CW from up
facet_what: 
Columbia
facet_where: 
Ames Research Center (ARC)
Image #: 
sig05-015
original url: 
http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=sig05-015
UID: 
SPD-SPITZ-sig05-015