The Flame Nebula region as seen with APEX

Eso_eso2201b_1024

eso_eso2201b January 4th, 2022

Credit: ESO/Th. Stanke

This images shows the Flame Nebula and its surroundings captured in radio waves. The image is based on observations conducted with the SuperCam instrument on the ESO-operated Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) on Chile’s Chajnantor Plateau.  The Flame Nebula is the large feature on the left. The smaller feature on the right is the reflection nebula NGC 2023. To the top right of NGC 2023, the iconic Horsehead Nebula seems to emerge heroically from the “flames”. The three objects are part of the Orion cloud, a giant gas structure located between 1300 and 1600 light-years away.  The different colours indicate the velocity of the gas. The Flame Nebula and its surroundings are moving away from us, with the red clouds in the background receding faster than the yellow ones in the foreground.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2201b/

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
Flame Nebula NGC 2023
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Appearance > Emission
Eso_eso2201b_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 41m 34.2s
DEC = -2° 7’ 15.1”
Orientation
North is 86.9° CCW
Field of View
1.1 x 0.5 degrees
Constellation
Orion

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Orange APEX (SuperCam) Millimeter (CO(3-2)) 867.2 µm
Spectrum_ir1
Orange
Eso_eso2201b_1280
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ID
eso2201b
Subject Category
B.4.2.1  
Subject Name
Flame Nebula, NGC 2023
Credits
ESO/Th. Stanke
Release Date
2022-01-04T17:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2201b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Atacama Pathfinder Experiment
Instrument
SuperCam
Color Assignment
Orange
Band
Millimeter
Bandpass
CO(3-2)
Central Wavelength
867204
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
85.392537096, -2.12085406102
Reference Dimension
650.0, 318.0
Reference Pixel
325.0, 159.0
Scale
-0.00167237137279, 0.00167237137279
Rotation
86.900000000000148
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
https://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
eso2201b
Metadata Date
2021-09-30T16:20:07+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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