The Pirate of the Southern Skies

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eso_eso1834a October 24th, 2018

Credit: ESO

This vivid picture of an active star forming region NGC 2467, otherwise known as the Skull and Crossbones nebula is as sinister as it is beautiful. This image of dust, gas and bright young stars, gravitationally bound into the form of a grinning skull, was captured with the FORS instrument on ESOs Very Large Telescope (VLT). Whilst ESOs telescopes are usually used for the collection of science data, their immense resolving power makes them ideal for capturing images such as this which are beautiful for their own sake.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1834a/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 2467
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
Nebula > Appearance > Emission > H II Region
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 7h 52m 19.3s
DEC = -26° 26’ 27.1”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
7.2 x 7.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Puppis

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (b) 440.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (v) 557.0 nm
Arrow_left_orange Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (R) 655.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (H-alpha) 656.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_orange
Arrow_top_red
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ID
eso1834a
Subject Category
B.4.1.2   B.4.2.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 2467
Credits
ESO
Release Date
2018-10-24T17:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1834a/
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, Orange, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
b, v, R, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
440, 557, 655, 656
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
118.080614596, -26.4408748709
Reference Dimension
2580.0, 2652.0
Reference Pixel
1290.0, 1326.0
Scale
-4.65986133875e-05, 4.65986133875e-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
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso1834a
Metadata Date
2018-09-15T14:41:38+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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