Big Babies in the Rosette Nebula

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nhsc_nhsc2010-004a April 12th, 2010

Credit: ESA and the PACS, SPIRE & HSC Consortia

This image from the Herschel Space Observatory shows most the cloud associated with the Rosette nebula, a stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros, or Unicorn, constellation. Herschel collects the infrared light given out by dust. The bright smudges are dusty cocoons containing massive embryonic stars, which will grow up to 10 times the mass of our sun. The small spots near the center of the image are lower mass stellar embryos. The Rosette nebula itself, and its massive cluster of stars, is located to the right of the picture.

This image is a three-color composite showing infrared wavelengths of 70 microns (blue), 160 microns (green), and 250 microns (red). It was made with observations from Herschel's Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer and the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver instruments.

Herschel is a European Space Agency cornerstone mission, with science instruments provided by consortia of European institutes and with important participation by NASA. NASA's Herschel Project Office is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JPL contributed mission-enabling technology for two of Herschel's three science instruments. The NASA Herschel Science Center, part of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, supports the United States astronomical community. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

Provider: Herschel Space Observatory

Image Source: https://www.herschel.caltech.edu/image/nhsc2010-004a

Curator: NASA Herschel Science Center, Pasadena, CA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/imagepolicy/

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Rosette Nebula NGC 2255
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Appearance > Emission
Nebula > Type > Interstellar Medium
Nebula > Appearance > Dark

Distance

Universescale1
5,200 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 6h 33m 33.1s
DEC = 4° 15’ 40.3”
Orientation
North is 54.7° CW
Field of View
1.4 x 1.1 degrees
Constellation
Monoceros

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Herschel Infrared 70.0 nm
Green Herschel Infrared 160.0 nm
Red Herschel Infrared 250.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
nhsc2010-004a
Subject Category
B.4.2.1.   B.4.1.1.   B.4.2.3.  
Subject Name
Rosette Nebula, NGC 2255
Credits
ESA and the PACS, SPIRE & HSC Consortia
Release Date
2010-04-12
Lightyears
5,200
Redshift
5,200
Reference Url
https://www.herschel.caltech.edu/image/nhsc2010-004a
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Herschel, Herschel, Herschel
Instrument
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
70, 160, 250
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
98.3877959, 4.2611875
Reference Dimension
1566.0, 1196.0
Reference Pixel
784.0, 599.0
Scale
0.000888282, 0.00088828189
Rotation
-54.65
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
Creator (Curator)
NASA Herschel Science Center
URL
http://www.herschel.caltech.edu/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
Rights
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/imagepolicy/
Publisher
Publisher ID
nhsc
Resource ID
Metadata Date
2018-06-21T00:16:07Z
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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Universescalefull
5,200 light years