Wide-field view of the centre of the Milky Way

Eso_eso0949l_500

eso_eso0949l December 11th, 2009

Credit: ESO and Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin and S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)

This visible light wide-field view shows the rich star clouds in the constellation of Sagittarius (the Archer) in the direction of the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. The entire image is filled with vast numbers of stars but far more remain hidden behind clouds of dust and are only revealed in infrared images. This view was created from photographs in red and blue light and forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. The field of view is approximately 3.5 degrees x 3.6 degrees.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0949l/

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
Milky Way Galactic Centre
Subject - Milky Way
Galaxy » Component » Center/Core
Eso_eso0949l_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 17h 45m 6.7s
DEC = -28° 49’ 49.3”
Orientation
North is 1.4° CW
Field of View
3.5 x 3.6 degrees
Constellation
Sagittarius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Digitized Sky Survey 2 (N/A) Optical (I) 775.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Digitized Sky Survey 2 (N/A) Optical (R) 675.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Digitized Sky Survey 2 (N/A) Optical (I) 675.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Digitized Sky Survey 2 (N/A) Optical (R) 675.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Other (N/A) Optical (R) -
Arrow_left_green Other (N/A) Optical (G) -
Arrow_left_blue Other (N/A) Optical (B) -
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_green
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ID
eso0949l
Subject Category
B.5.4.9  
Subject Name
Milky Way Galactic Centre
Credits
ESO and Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin and S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0949l/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Other, Other, Other
Instrument
N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A
Color Assignment
Blue, Red, Green, Green, Red, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, R, I, R, R, G, B
Central Wavelength
775, 675, 675, 675
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
266.278104405, -28.8303708734
Reference Dimension
12670.0, 12954.0
Reference Pixel
6800.2265625, 6551.22077922
Scale
-0.000280068196072, 0.000280068196072
Rotation
-1.4200000000000053
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
eso0949l
Metadata Date
2009-06-01T21:40:08+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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