The Orion A molecular cloud (for comparison)

Eso_eso1701-compa_500

eso_eso1701-compa January 4th, 2017

Credit: ESO/VISION survey

This image from the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESOs Paranal Observatory in northern Chile is part of the largest infrared high-resolution mosaic of Orion ever created. It covers the Orion A molecular cloud, the nearest known massive star factory, lying about 1350 light-years from Earth, and reveals many young stars and other objects normally buried deep inside the dusty clouds.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1701-compa/

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
Orion Molecular Cloud
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula » Type » Star Formation
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 36m 21.0s
DEC = -6° 0’ 37.2”
Orientation
North is 116.3° CCW
Field of View
2.1 x 1.2 degrees
Constellation
Orion

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VIRCAM) Infrared (J) 1.3 µm
Arrow_left_green Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VIRCAM) Infrared (H) 1.7 µm
Arrow_left_red Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VIRCAM) Infrared (Ks) 2.2 µm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
eso1701-compa
Subject Category
B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
Orion Molecular Cloud
Credits
ESO/VISION survey
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1701-compa/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
Instrument
VIRCAM, VIRCAM, VIRCAM
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
J, H, Ks
Central Wavelength
1250, 1650, 2150
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
84.0873416011, -6.01032961733
Reference Dimension
30000.0, 17486.0
Reference Pixel
15000.0, 8743.0
Scale
-7.02552144857e-05, 7.02552144857e-05
Rotation
116.27999999999996
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
1.31927
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.org
Name
Antares
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
eso1701-compa
Metadata Date
2016-12-14T15:25:35+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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