Off to a strong start

Eso_potw1909a_1024

eso_potw1909a March 4th, 2019

Credit: ESO

If you had a brand new state-of-the-art telescope facility, what would you look at first? Researchers at the SPECULOOS Southern Observatory which comprises four small telescopes, each with a 1-metre primary mirror chose to view the Lagoon Nebula. This magnificent picture is the result, and is one of the SPECULOOS first ever observations. The nebula is a cloud of dust and gas in our galaxy where new stars are being born, and is found roughly 5000 light-years from us. This striking image is made even more impressive by the fact that the SPECULOOS isnt actually designed to study nebulae. The name says it all SPECULOOS, the Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars. In other words, the primary mission of this telescope facility is to find Earth-like planets orbiting faint nearby stars. The candidates it discovers will be passed over to larger telescopes, such as ESOs forthcoming Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), to be studied in more detail. SPECULOOS is located at ESOs Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile, taking full advantage of the locations dark skies, ideal atmospheric conditions, and the support systems ESO has there, from telescope infrastructure to staff accommodation. It will have a partner, the SPECULOOS Northern Observatory, in the Canary Islands, which will hunt for planets in the northern skies not visible from Chile. Together they promise to vastly expand our knowledge of the exoplanets in our neighbourhood.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1909a/

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
Lagoon Nebula M 8
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
Nebula > Appearance > Emission > H II Region
Eso_potw1909a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 18h 3m 37.2s
DEC = -24° 22’ 54.2”
Orientation
North is 180.2° CW
Field of View
11.6 x 11.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Sagittarius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_luminosity SPECULOOS Southern Observatory (None) Optical (None) -
Eso_potw1909a_1280
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ID
potw1909a
Subject Category
B.4.1.2   B.4.2.1.1  
Subject Name
Lagoon Nebula, M 8
Credits
ESO
Release Date
2019-03-04T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1909a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
SPECULOOS Southern Observatory
Instrument
None
Color Assignment
Luminosity
Band
Optical
Bandpass
None
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
270.904953602, -24.3817101274
Reference Dimension
2016.0, 1912.0
Reference Pixel
1008.0, 956.0
Scale
-9.58010708788e-05, 9.58010708788e-05
Rotation
-180.2399999999997
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
potw1909a
Metadata Date
2019-01-22T17:58:27+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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There is no distance meta data in this image.