MUSE view of the surroundings of a hidden neutron star in the Small Magellanic Cloud

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eso_eso1810c April 5th, 2018

Credit: ESO/F. Vogt et al.

This new picture from the MUSE instrument on ESOs Very Large Telescope in Chile shows how an elusive missing object was found amid a complex tangle of gaseous filaments in one of our nearest neighbouring galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud. The wisps of gas forming the supernova remnant 1E 0102.2-7219 show up in blue, but the red ring in the MUSE data, revealing glowing neon and oxygen forms, is perfectly centred on an X-ray source an isolated neutron star with a weak magnetic field, the first identified outside the Milky Way.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1810c/

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
1E 0102.2-7219
Subject - Local Universe
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Neutron Star
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 1h 4m 3.1s
DEC = -72° 1’ 52.1”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
1.0 x 1.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Tucana

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Very Large Telescope (MUSE) Optical (OIII) 495.9 nm
Arrow_left_blue Very Large Telescope (MUSE) Optical (OI) 777.4 nm
Arrow_left_blue Very Large Telescope (MUSE) Optical (OIII) 500.7 nm
Arrow_left_green Very Large Telescope (MUSE) Optical (V) 547.0 nm
Arrow_left_orange Very Large Telescope (MUSE) Optical (R) 634.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Very Large Telescope (MUSE) Optical (I) 879.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Very Large Telescope (MUSE) Optical (NeI) 640.2 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_orange
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_red
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ID
eso1810c
Subject Category
C.3.1.9  
Subject Name
1E 0102.2-7219
Credits
ESO/F. Vogt et al.
Release Date
2018-04-05T17:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1810c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope
Instrument
MUSE, MUSE, MUSE, MUSE, MUSE, MUSE, MUSE
Color Assignment
Blue, Blue, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
OIII, OI, OIII, V, R, I, NeI
Central Wavelength
495.9, 777.4, 500.7, 547, 634, 879, 640.2
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
16.0129623134, -72.0311448626
Reference Dimension
909.0, 909.0
Reference Pixel
454.0, 454.0
Scale
-1.85196154268e-05, 1.85196154268e-05
Rotation
0.039999999999999994
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
eso1810c
Metadata Date
2018-04-03T11:28:52+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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