The glowing gas cloud LHA 120-N55 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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eso_eso1616a May 18th, 2016

Credit: ESO

In this image from ESOs Very Large Telescope (VLT), light from blazing blue stars energises the gas left over from the stars recent formation. The result is a strikingly colourful emission nebula, called LHA 120-N55, in which the stars are adorned with a mantle of glowing gas. Astronomers study these beautiful displays to learn about the conditions in places where new stars develop.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1616a/

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
LHA 120-N 55
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 32m 18.3s
DEC = -66° 26’ 15.7”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
7.1 x 7.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (B) -
Arrow_left_green Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (V) -
Arrow_left_red Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (R) -
Arrow_left_red Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (Ha) -
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ID
eso1616a
Subject Category
C.4.1.2  
Subject Name
LHA 120-N 55
Credits
ESO
Release Date
2016-05-18T12:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1616a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope
Instrument
FORS2, FORS2, FORS2, FORS2
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, R, Ha
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.0762011946, -66.4377027876
Reference Dimension
1694.0, 1776.0
Reference Pixel
847.0, 888.0
Scale
-7.00024744301e-05, 7.00024744301e-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
eso1616a
Metadata Date
2016-05-03T19:28:59+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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