I apologize for my silence of the last few weeks; real life gets busy at times. This time, I was in a crunch finishing up things before running off to an observing run at the CTIO Observatory in Chile. That's where I am right now. I'm at the 0.9 meter telescope doing imaging of "blazars," a class of active galactic nuclei that sometimes vary on timescale of minutes (which is surprising if you know how big galaxies are). My graduate student Katie Chynoweth is observing on the 1.5 meter telescope, doing spectroscopy of infrared-luminous galaxies.
Below is an image — really, a composite of 27 images taken over the course of about 2 hours through red, green, and blue filters — i took with the 0.9m telescope:
The target I'm interested in is the galaxy that's right at the center:
This galaxy goes by the romantic name ESO 264-G057, and is in fact one of the infrared luminous galaxies that is a part of Katie's project. She's been observing that galaxy and one other (whose picture will probably show up here in a day or two!) this week, and I took this image in support of that project.
So this is an image of the galaxy that's only two days old! Well, plus the 230 million years it took the light to reach Earth....