The cool clouds of Carina

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eso_eso1145a November 16th, 2011

Credit: ESO/APEX/T. Preibisch et al. (Submillimetre); N. Smith, University of Minnesota/NOAO/AURA/NSF (Optical)

Observations made with the APEX telescope in submillimetre-wavelength light at a wavelength of 870 m reveal the cold dusty clouds from which stars form in the Carina Nebula. This site of violent star formation, which plays host to some of the highest-mass stars in our galaxy, is an ideal arena in which to study the interactions between these young stars and their parent molecular clouds. The APEX observations, made with its LABOCA camera, are shown here in orange tones, combined with a visible light image from the Curtis Schmidt telescope at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory. The result is a dramatic, wide-field picture that provides a spectacular view of Carinas star formation sites. The nebula contains stars equivalent to over 25000 Suns, and the total mass of gas and dust clouds is that of about 140000 Suns. #L

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1145a/

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
Carina Nebula NGC 3372
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 44m 47.1s
DEC = -59° 38’ 49.5”
Orientation
North is 0.5° CW
Field of View
1.1 x 1.3 degrees
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Orange APEX (LABOCA) Millimeter (Submillimetre) 870.0 µm
Red APEX (LABOCA) Millimeter (Submillimetre) 870.0 µm
Green APEX (LABOCA) Millimeter (Submillimetre) 870.0 µm
Blue Other (N/A) Optical (OII) -
Green Other (N/A) Optical (H-alpha) -
Red Other (N/A) Optical (SII) -
Spectrum_ir1
Orange
Red
Green
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ID
eso1145a
Subject Category
B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
Carina Nebula, NGC 3372
Credits
ESO/APEX/T. Preibisch et al. (Submillimetre); N. Smith, University of Minnesota/NOAO/AURA/NSF (Optical)
Release Date
2011-11-16T12:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1145a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, Other, Other, Other
Instrument
LABOCA, LABOCA, LABOCA, N/A, N/A, N/A
Color Assignment
Orange, Red, Green, Blue, Green, Red
Band
Millimeter, Millimeter, Millimeter, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Submillimetre, Submillimetre, Submillimetre, OII, H-alpha, SII
Central Wavelength
870000, 870000, 870000
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.196418, -59.647079
Reference Dimension
1280.0, 1447.0
Reference Pixel
603.951217214, 911.159944298
Scale
-0.00088668884, 0.00088668884
Rotation
-0.52619492647
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
World Coordinate System resolved using PinpointWCS 0.9.2 revision 218+ by the Chandra X-ray Center
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
eso1145a
Metadata Date
2011-11-09T11:05:07+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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