The bright star Alpha Centauri and its surroundings

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eso_eso1241e October 16th, 2012

Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin

This wide-field view of the sky around the bright star Alpha Centauri was created from photographic images forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. The star appears so big just because of the scattering of light by the telescope's optics as well as in the photographic emulsion. Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to the Solar System.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1241e/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Alpha Centauri Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS 2)
Subject - Milky Way
Star
Eso_eso1241e_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 14h 39m 36.3s
DEC = -60° 50’ 7.8”
Orientation
North is 0.5° CCW
Field of View
3.0 x 3.0 degrees
Constellation
Centaurus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Green DSS2 (None) Optical (B) -
Green DSS2 (None) Optical (R) -
Red DSS2 (None) Optical (R) -
Red DSS2 (None) Infrared (I) -
Blue DSS2 (None) Optical (B) -
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ID
eso1241e
Subject Category
B.3  
Subject Name
Alpha Centauri, Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS 2)
Credits
ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin
Release Date
2012-10-16T23:50:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1241e/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2
Instrument
None, None, None, None, None
Color Assignment
Green, Green, Red, Red, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Infrared, Optical
Bandpass
B, R, R, I, B
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
219.901075, -60.835498
Reference Dimension
10675.0, 10695.0
Reference Pixel
5338.75853035, 5348.82850545
Scale
-0.00027981716, 0.00027981716
Rotation
0.54065725469
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
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso1241e
Metadata Date
2012-10-08T15:27:24+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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There is no distance meta data in this image.