The sky around Alpha Centauri and Proxima Centauri

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eso_eso1629i August 24th, 2016

Credit: Digitized Sky Survey 2 Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin/Mahdi Zamani

This image of the sky around the bright star Alpha Centauri AB also shows the much fainter red dwarf star, Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The picture was created from pictures forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. The blue halo around Alpha Centauri AB is an artifact of the photographic process, the star is really pale yellow in colour like the Sun. Proxima Centauri appears as a faint red star towards the lower-right of the picture, a labelled version is available here.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1629i/

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
Proxima b Proxima Centauri
Subject - Milky Way
Star > Circumstellar Material > Planetary System
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 14h 34m 50.1s
DEC = -61° 38’ 30.1”
Orientation
North is 0.5° CW
Field of View
3.1 x 3.2 degrees
Constellation
Centaurus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Digitized Sky Survey 2 (None) Optical (B+R) -
Arrow_left_green Digitized Sky Survey 2 (None) Optical (R) -
Arrow_left_red Digitized Sky Survey 2 (None) Optical (I) -
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ID
eso1629i
Subject Category
B.3.7.1  
Subject Name
Proxima b, Proxima Centauri
Credits
Digitized Sky Survey 2 Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin/Mahdi Zamani
Release Date
2016-08-24T19:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1629i/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Digitized Sky Survey 2
Instrument
None, None, None
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B+R, R, I
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
218.708599095, -61.6416920937
Reference Dimension
11086.0, 11256.0
Reference Pixel
5543.0, 5628.0
Scale
-0.000280120811475, 0.000280120811475
Rotation
-0.48
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
eso1629i
Metadata Date
2016-08-18T10:57:58+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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