Detail of N44 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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eso_eso9931b June 22nd, 1999

Credit: ESO

This image of the spectacular N44 H II region in the LMC displays (very nearly) its central region, which is dominated by a large, ring-shaped nebula that includes a bright stellar association of very luminous stars. It emits X-rays - this is interpreted as a sign that several heavy stars in this area have exploded as supernova during the last few million years. N44 is a very bright, rich and well-studied complex in the LMC, somewhat apart from the other nebulae in this galaxy. The general appearance (in astronomical terminology: the "morphology") is well explained by a combination of fast outflow from stars (stellar winds) and supernova remnants, as well as sequential star formation.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso9931b/

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
N 44
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula » Appearance » Emission » H II Region
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 22m 7.9s
DEC = -67° 56’ 13.6”
Orientation
North is 0.3° CW
Field of View
9.7 x 10.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (B) -
Arrow_left_green MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (V) -
Arrow_left_red MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (H-alpha) -
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ID
eso9931b
Subject Category
C.4.2.1.1  
Subject Name
N 44
Credits
ESO
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso9931b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope, MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope, MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
Instrument
WFI, WFI, WFI
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
80.533005, -67.937116
Reference Dimension
2303.0, 2381.0
Reference Pixel
1400.86757136, 1126.49348868
Scale
-7.011561e-05, 7.011561e-05
Rotation
-0.25557009555
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
eso9931b
Metadata Date
2009-01-07T15:32:07+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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