Star-forming region NGC 346

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eso_eso0834a October 8th, 2008

Credit: ESO/ESA/ JPL-Caltech/NASA/ D. Gouliermis (MPIA) et al.

This new portrait of the bright star-forming region NGC 346, in which different wavelengths of light swirl together like watercolours, reveals new information about how stars form. NGC 346 is located 210,000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a neighbouring dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way. The image is based on data from ESA XMM-Newton (X-rays; blue), ESO's New Technology Telescope (visible light; green), and NASA's Spitzer (infrared; red). The infrared light shows cold dust, while the visible light denotes glowing gas, and the X-rays represent very hot gas. Ordinary stars appear as blue spots with white centres, while young stars enshrouded in dust appear as red spots with white centres.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0834a/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 346
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula » Type » Star Formation
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 0h 59m 17.9s
DEC = -72° 10’ 48.0”
Orientation
North is 8.3° CW
Field of View
7.0 x 6.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Tucana

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue ESA XMM-Newton (EPIC) X-ray (Soft X-ray) -
Arrow_left_green New Technology Telescope (EFOSC2) Optical (V) -
Arrow_left_red Spitzer Space Telescope (IRAC (Spitzer)) Infrared (Mid-IR) -
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ID
eso0834a
Subject Category
C.4.1.2  
Subject Name
NGC 346
Credits
ESO/ESA/ JPL-Caltech/NASA/ D. Gouliermis (MPIA) et al.
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0834a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
ESA XMM-Newton, New Technology Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument
EPIC, EFOSC2, IRAC (Spitzer)
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
X-ray, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
Soft X-ray, V, Mid-IR
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
14.8246, -72.179994
Reference Dimension
2106.0, 1989.0
Reference Pixel
772.229342782, 905.191983674
Scale
-5.53375e-05, 5.53375e-05
Rotation
-8.32199896907
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso0834a
Metadata Date
2011-03-16T15:49:49+01:00
Metadata Version
1.0
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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