The Prawn Nebula in close-up

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eso_eso1535a September 2nd, 2015

Credit: ESO

The rich patchwork of gas clouds in this new image make up part of a huge stellar nursery nicknamed the Prawn Nebula (also known as Gum 56 and IC 4628). Taken using the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, this may well be one of the best pictures ever taken of this object. It shows clumps of hot new-born stars nestled in among the clouds that make up the nebula.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1535a/

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
Gum 56 IC 4628
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Appearance > Emission
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 16h 58m 58.5s
DEC = -40° 13’ 1.9”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
34.2 x 34.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Scorpius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_green MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (V) -
Arrow_left_orange MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (R) -
Arrow_left_red MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (H-alpha) -
Arrow_left_blue MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical (B) -
Arrow_left_cyan MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (WFI) Optical ([O III]) -
Arrow_left_blue None (None) Optical -
Arrow_left_cyan None (None) Optical -
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ID
eso1535a
Subject Category
B.4.2.1  
Subject Name
Gum 56, IC 4628
Credits
ESO
Release Date
2015-09-02T12:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1535a/
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, MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope, MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope, None, None
Instrument
WFI, WFI, WFI, WFI, WFI, None, None
Color Assignment
Green, Orange, Red, Blue, Cyan, Blue, Cyan
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
V, R, H-alpha, B, [O III], -, -
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
254.743674244, -40.2171995853
Reference Dimension
8622.0, 8622.0
Reference Pixel
4311.0, 4311.0
Scale
-6.60544760829e-05, 6.60544760829e-05
Rotation
0
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
eso1535a
Metadata Date
2015-08-21T16:04:30+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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