Infrared VISTA view of a stellar nursery in Monoceros*

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eso_eso1039a October 6th, 2010

Credit: ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

This dramatic infrared image shows the nearby star formation region Monoceros R2, located some 2700 light-years away in the constellation of Monoceros (the Unicorn). The picture was created from exposures in the near infrared bands Y, J and Ks taken by the VISTA survey telescope at ESOs Paranal Observatory. Monoceros R2 is an association of massive hot young stars illuminating a beautiful collection of reflection nebulae, embedded in a large molecular cloud. This image is available as a mounted image in the ESOshop.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1039a/

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
Monoceros R2
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 6h 7m 46.7s
DEC = -6° 22’ 58.7”
Orientation
North is 0.1° CW
Field of View
57.2 x 45.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Monoceros

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue VISTA (VIRCAM) Infrared (H) -
Green VISTA (VIRCAM) Infrared (J) -
Red VISTA (VIRCAM) Infrared (K) -
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ID
eso1039a
Subject Category
B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
Monoceros R2
Credits
ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit
Release Date
2010-10-06T12:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1039a/
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
H, J, K
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
91.944493, -6.382959
Reference Dimension
10065.0, 7942.0
Reference Pixel
5603.3682465, 3875.98144602
Scale
-9.478327e-05, 9.478327e-05
Rotation
-0.05598713791
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
eso1039a
Metadata Date
2010-10-05T14:26:27+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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