The rim of RCW 86

Eso_eso0923a_500

eso_eso0923a June 25th, 2009

Credit: ESO/E. Helder & NASA/Chandra

Image of part of a stellar remnant whose explosion was recorded in 185 AD. By studying this remnant in detail, a team of astronomers was able to solve the mystery of the Milky Ways super-efficient particle accelerators. The team shows that the shock wave visible in this area is very efficient at accelerating particles and the energy used in this process matches the number of cosmic rays observed on Earth. North is toward the top right and east to the top left. The image is about 6 arc minutes across.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0923a/

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
RCW 86
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula » Type » Supernova Remnant
Eso_eso0923a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 14h 45m 8.1s
DEC = -62° 17’ 57.3”
Orientation
North is 70.6° CW
Field of View
7.0 x 4.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Circinus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_red Very Large Telescope (None) Optical -
Arrow_left_blue Chandra X-ray Observatory (None) X-ray -
Eso_eso0923a_1280
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ID
eso0923a
Subject Category
B.4.1.4  
Subject Name
RCW 86
Credits
ESO/E. Helder & NASA/Chandra
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0923a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory
Instrument
None, None
Color Assignment
Red, Blue
Band
Optical, X-ray
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
221.283859253, -62.2992401123
Reference Dimension
1672.0, 947.0
Reference Pixel
843.409995798, 496.974726442
Scale
-7.018669e-05, 7.018669e-05
Rotation
-70.56964846740
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
eso0923a
Metadata Date
2009-06-19T17:11:57+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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There is no distance meta data in this image.