View of the Galactic Plane from the ATLASGAL survey (annotated and in five sections)

Eso_eso0924a_500

eso_eso0924a July 1st, 2009

Credit: ESO/APEX & MSX/IPAC/NASA

Colour-composite annotated image of part of the Galactic Plane seen by the ATLASGAL survey, divided into sections. In this image, the ATLASGAL submillimetre-wavelength data are shown in red, overlaid on a view of the region in infrared light, from the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) in green and blue. The total size of the image is approximately 42 degrees by 1.75 degrees. Some of the most prominent features visible in the image are (from left to right, top to bottom): Messier 20 (the Trifid Nebula): A nebula containing an open cluster of stars as well as a stellar nursery. The name Trifid refers to the way that dense dust appears to divide it into three lobes at visible wavelengths. Sagittarius B2 (Sgr B2): One of the largest clouds of molecular gas in the Milky Way, this dense region lies close to the Galactic Centre and is rich in many different interstellar molecules. Galactic Centre: The centre of the Milky Way, home to a supermassive black hole more than four million times the mass of our Sun. It is about 25 000 light-years from Earth. NGC 6357: A diffuse nebula containing the open cluster Pismis 24, home to several very massive stars. NGC 6334: An emission nebula also known as the Cats Paw Nebula. RCW 120: A region where an expanding bubble of ionised gas about ten light-years across is causing the surrounding material to collapse into dense clumps that are the birthplaces of new stars. The Norma Arm: The region of somewhat brighter emission extending over about 10 degrees on the right-hand side of the image corresponds to the position of the Norma Arm, one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way. This image in full-resolution (TIF format, 46 MB) is available on this link.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0924a/

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
Atacama Pathfinder Experiment Messier 20 Milky Way Galactic Centre NGC 6334 NGC 6357 Norma Arm RCW120 Sagittarius B2
Subject - Milky Way
Galaxy

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Other (None) Infrared -
Arrow_left_green Other (None) Infrared -
Arrow_left_red Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (LABOCA) Millimeter (Submillimetre) -
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ID
eso0924a
Subject Category
B.5  
Subject Name
Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, Messier 20, Milky Way Galactic Centre, NGC 6334, NGC 6357, Norma Arm, RCW120, Sagittarius B2
Credits
ESO/APEX & MSX/IPAC/NASA
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0924a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Other, Other, Atacama Pathfinder Experiment
Instrument
None, None, LABOCA
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Millimeter
Bandpass
-, -, Submillimetre
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
5904.0, 7931.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
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
eso0924a
Metadata Date
2009-06-29T17:23:15+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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