The rich region around the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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eso_eso1816a May 30th, 2018

Credit: ESO

Glowing brightly about 160 000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way. This image from VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile shows the region and its rich surroundings in great detail. It reveals a cosmic landscape of star clusters, glowing gas clouds and the scattered remains of supernova explosions.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1816a/

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
Tarantula Nebula
Subject - Local Universe
Star > Grouping > Cluster
Nebula
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 39m 0.4s
DEC = -69° 26’ 30.2”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
59.4 x 59.6 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue VST (OmegaCAM) Optical (g) 480.0 nm
Green VST (OmegaCAM) Optical (g) 480.0 nm
Green VST (OmegaCAM) Optical (r) 625.0 nm
Orange VST (OmegaCAM) Optical (r) 625.0 nm
Red VST (OmegaCAM) Optical (i) 770.0 nm
Red VST (OmegaCAM) Optical (H-alpha) 659.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Green
Orange
Red
Red
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ID
eso1816a
Subject Category
C.3.6.4   C.4  
Subject Name
Tarantula Nebula
Credits
ESO
Release Date
2018-05-30T12:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1816a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
VLT Survey Telescope, VLT Survey Telescope, VLT Survey Telescope, VLT Survey Telescope, VLT Survey Telescope, VLT Survey Telescope
Instrument
OmegaCAM, OmegaCAM, OmegaCAM, OmegaCAM, OmegaCAM, OmegaCAM
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Green, Orange, Red, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
g, g, r, r, i, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
480, 480, 625, 625, 770, 659
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
84.7516797916, -69.4417113845
Reference Dimension
16655.0, 16719.0
Reference Pixel
8327.5, 8359.5
Scale
-5.94553783266e-05, 5.94553783266e-05
Rotation
0.020000000000000004
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
4.17905 0.00024846699879585909
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
eso1816a
Metadata Date
2018-03-14T09:04:01+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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