Wide-field view of the sky around Nova Vul 1670

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eso_eso1511d March 23rd, 2015

Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin

This wide-field view shows the sky around the location of the historical exploding star Nova Vul 1670. The remains of the nova are only very faintly visible at the centre of this picture. New observations made with APEX and other telescopes have now revealed that the star that European astronomers saw was not a nova, but a much rarer, violent breed of stellar collision. It was spectacular enough to be easily seen with the naked eye during its first outburst, but the traces it left were so faint that very careful analysis using submillimetre telescopes was needed before the mystery could finally be unravelled more than 340 years later.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1511d/

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
Nova Vulpeculae 1670
Subject - Milky Way
Star » Type » Variable » Nova
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 19h 47m 37.9s
DEC = 27° 19’ 21.3”
Orientation
North is 0.4° CCW
Field of View
2.0 x 1.7 degrees
Constellation
Vulpecula

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_cyan Digitized Sky Survey 2 (None) Optical (B) -
Arrow_left_orange Digitized Sky Survey 2 (None) Optical (R) -
Arrow_left_red Digitized Sky Survey 2 (None) Infrared (I) -
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ID
eso1511d
Subject Category
B.3.2.1.5  
Subject Name
Nova Vulpeculae 1670
Credits
ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1511d/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2
Instrument
None, None, None
Color Assignment
Cyan, Orange, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
B, R, I
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
296.907822357, 27.3225855445
Reference Dimension
7129.0, 6102.0
Reference Pixel
3564.0, 3051.0
Scale
-0.000280141325033, 0.000280141325033
Rotation
0.38
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
eso1511d
Metadata Date
2015-02-13T10:16:01+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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