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X-ray Colour Image of NGC 253

Minimum credit line: Image courtesy of M. Bauer, Max-Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Germany and ESA. (for details, see Conditions of Use).

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Three colour X-ray image of the starburst galaxy NGC 253. The image has been produced from the EPIC-pn data. The colours correspond to the energy bands (0.2-0.5 keV, red), (0.5-1.0 keV, green), and (1.0-2.0 keV, blue). Overplotted in white is the optical extent of NGC 253. The galaxy shows prominent large-scale X-ray emission in the halo Northwest and South East of the almost edge-on seen disc of the galaxy.

Investigator(s):  M. Bauer, W. Pietsch, G. Trinchieri, D. Breitschwerdt, M. Ehle, M.J. Freyberg and A. Read

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