First look at Hubble's first look at the first Voorwerpje
The bits are still warm, having just been downlinked from Hubble overnight. There is still a good bit of processing to be done, cleaning up cosmic rays and so forth. But that said, here is our first look at SDSS 2201+11, first of the Galaxy Zoo AGN cloud galaxies (AKA voorwerpjes) to come up on the telescope’s schedule. As a reminder, as waveney just posted in yesterday’s Object of the Day, here it is in the SDSS images:
And one in a filter including H-alpha emission, which is several times fainter in such highly ionized gas:
And finally, in the tradition of vacation photographs everywhere, a shot of just the galaxy (in this case a medium-width filter near the standard i band to show the stars and dust but not the gas):
First inspection shows that the galaxy has been disturbed – the dust lanes twist. One of them trails right off into one of the gas clouds, adding to our evidence that ionized tidal debris often shows up in this way. That also suggests which cloud is on the near side, so we have a clue about the time delays experienced by the radiation we see from each one as it has been affected by possible changes in the nucleus. There are interesting holes and curlicues in the gas, as well.
Further processing will show us more. And there are six galaxies to go! (These should dribble in throughout 2012 – we just got an appetizer).