Close-up of N44C in the LMC

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eso_eso0310d April 9th, 2003

Credit: ESO

The N44C nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), obtained in January 2002 with the FORS1 multi-mode instrument at the 8.2-m VLT MELIPAL telescope at the Paranal Observatory (Chile). It is based on three exposures through narrow-band optical (interference) filters that isolate the light from specific atoms and ions. In this rendering, the blue colour represents the light from singly ionized Helium (He II; wavelength 468.6 nm; exposure time 45 min), green corresponds to doubly ionized oxygen ([O III]; 495.7 + 500.7 nm; 5 min) and red to hydrogen atoms (H; H-alpha line at 656.2 nm; 5 min). Of these three ions, He II is the tracer of high excitation, i.e. the bluest areas of the nebula are the hottest. The sky field measures 208 x 208 square arcsec. North is up and east to the left.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0310d/

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
Large Magellanic Cloud LHA 120-N 44C LMC
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula > Appearance > Emission
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Position Details

Position
RA = 5h 22m 7.9s
DEC = -67° 56’ 13.6”
Orientation
North is 0.1° CW
Field of View
3.5 x 3.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Very Large Telescope (FORS1) Optical (Heiii) 468.2 nm
Arrow_left_green Very Large Telescope (FORS1) Optical (Oiii) 468.6 nm
Arrow_left_red Very Large Telescope (FORS1) Optical (H-alpha) 656.2 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
eso0310d
Subject Category
C.4.2.1  
Subject Name
Large Magellanic Cloud, LHA 120-N 44C, LMC
Credits
ESO
Release Date
2003-04-09T00:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0310d/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope
Instrument
FORS1, FORS1, FORS1
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Heiii, Oiii, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
468.2, 468.6, 656.2
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
80.533005, -67.937116
Reference Dimension
1200.0, 1201.0
Reference Pixel
639.385021794, 1704.01186823
Scale
-4.814336e-05, 4.814336e-05
Rotation
-0.13211623700
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
eso0310d
Metadata Date
2009-01-07T15:31:44+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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