Wallpaper Wednesday (for Wendy and Daniel)

22 08 2012

NGC 2403.  Image credit: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Hubble Legacy Archive, Robert Gendler

Today’s wallpaper , which features the spiral galaxy NCG 2403 in the constellation of the Giraffe (Camelopardalis), is dedicated to Daniel and his family at the Santa Barbara Zoo, particularly the Senior Mammal Keeper.

The composite image of NCG 2403 was created by Robert Gendler, an astrophotographer living in Connecticut. Gendler combined  image data gathered by the Hubble Telescope with images captured by NAOJ’s Subaru Telescope to produce the multi-layered glow of atomic hydrogen gas surrounding the open clusters and dust lanes.

Click on the image to download wallpapers of various standard sizes.