A Fleeting Moment in Time

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eso_eso1902a January 22nd, 2019

Credit: ESO

The faint, ephemeral glow emanating from the planetary nebula ESO 577-24 persists for only a short time around 10,000 years, a blink of an eye in astronomical terms. ESOs Very Large Telescope captured this shell of glowing ionised gas the last breath of the dying star whose simmering remains are visible at the heart of this image. As the gaseous shell of this planetary nebula expands and grows dimmer, it will slowly disappear from sight. This stunning planetary nebula was imaged by one of the VLTs most versatile instruments, FORS2. The instrument captured the bright, central star, Abell 36, as well as the surrounding planetary nebula. The red and blue portions of this image correspond to optical emission at red and blue wavelengths, respectively. An object much closer to home is also visible in this image an asteroid wandering across the field of view has left a faint track below and to the left of the central star. And in the far distance behind the nebula a glittering host of background galaxies can be seen.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1902a/

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
ESO 577-24
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Planetary
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 13h 40m 41.4s
DEC = -19° 53’ 6.7”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
6.8 x 7.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Virgo

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Very Large Telescope (FORS2) Optical (OIII) 500.0 nm
Arrow_left_cyan 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_cyan
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_orange
Arrow_top_red
Eso_eso1902a_1280
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ID
eso1902a
Subject Category
B.4.1.3  
Subject Name
ESO 577-24
Credits
ESO
Release Date
2019-01-22T12:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1902a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope
Instrument
FORS2, FORS2, FORS2, FORS2, FORS2
Color Assignment
Blue, Cyan, Green, Orange, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
OIII, B, V, R, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
500, 440, 557, 655, 656
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
205.172354735, -19.8852048556
Reference Dimension
1609.0, 1751.0
Reference Pixel
804.5, 875.5
Scale
-7.00577032823e-05, 7.00577032823e-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
eso1902a
Metadata Date
2018-11-12T17:46:45+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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