M2-9 with Adaptive Optics

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noirlab_gemini-20080825-m2-9-0001 November 22nd, 2005

Credit: International Gemini Observatory

Color composite adaptive optics image of the planetary nebula M2-9 using the ALTAIR adaptive optics system on Gemini North. This image reveals remarkable details in the dynamic gas outflows from a dying star. It is thought that our Sun might meet a similar fate in 4-5 billion years once its hydrogen nuclear fuel becomes scarce and instabilities expel gas into space. The concentric shells of gas are still a mystery to astronomers and these data will help to understand the complexities surrounding this beautiful object. Technical Details: Image made from near-infrared images in K' band (green), K+H2=1-0 (violet) and FeII (orange). Field of view is 38.5 x 42.5 arcseconds with the Gemini Near Infrared Imager (NIRI) at f/14.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/gemini-20080825-m2-9-0001/

Curator: NSF's NOIRLab, Tucson, AZ, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
M2-9
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 17h 5m 38.0s
DEC = -10° 8’ 32.3”
Orientation
North is 45.2° CW
Field of View
0.7 x 0.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Ophiuchus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Orange Gemini North (NIRI) Infrared (Fell) 1.6 µm
Purple Gemini North (NIRI) Infrared (H2 1-0 S(1)) 21.2 µm
Purple None (None) Infrared (None) 2.2 µm
Green Gemini North (NIRI) Infrared (K) 2.2 µm
Spectrum_ir1
Orange
Purple
Purple
Green
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ID
gemini-20080825-m2-9-0001
Subject Category
Subject Name
M2-9
Credits
International Gemini Observatory
Release Date
2005-11-22T00:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/gemini-20080825-m2-9-0001/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Gemini North, Gemini North, None, Gemini North
Instrument
NIRI, NIRI, None, NIRI
Color Assignment
Orange, Purple, Purple, Green
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Fell, H2 1-0 S(1), None, K
Central Wavelength
1644, 21239, 2200, 2200
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
256.408135621, -10.1422954978
Reference Dimension
850.0, 850.0
Reference Pixel
425.0, 425.0
Scale
-1.35929438687e-05, 1.35929438687e-05
Rotation
-45.179999999999986
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
950 North Cherry Ave.
City
Tucson
State/Province
AZ
Postal Code
85719
Country
USA
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
NSF's NOIRLab
Publisher ID
noirlab
Resource ID
gemini-20080825-m2-9-0001
Metadata Date
2005-10-25T11:45:02-08:00
Metadata Version
1.0
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