A Vista of NGC 2626 with the SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope

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noirlab_iotw2115a April 14th, 2021

Credit: CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/SMARTS ConsortiumImage processing: T. A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)

This image is so beautiful that it could almost be a painting, but it is real. It has been produced using observations made at the SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), which is a Program of NSFs NOIRLab. It features a reflection nebula known as NGC 2626, which lies 3300 light-years from Earth. Reflection nebulae are not luminous themselves, but they reflect light from a nearby star or stars. The light scatters off the dust particles in the nebulae, which often results in reflection nebulae having a blue tint, because blue light scatters more efficiently. This is the same phenomenon that makes the sky on Earth appear blue the laws of physics are the same throughout our Universe! The red nebulosities are glowing hydrogen gas.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/iotw2115a/

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

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 2626
Noirlab_iotw2115a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 8h 35m 38.0s
DEC = -40° 39’ 47.2”
Orientation
North is 0.1° CW
Field of View
12.2 x 13.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Vela

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (CCD) Optical (H-alpha) 655.0 nm
Orange SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (CCD) Optical (i) 773.0 nm
Cyan SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (CCD) Optical (r) 626.0 nm
Blue SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope (CCD) Optical (g) 475.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Orange
Cyan
Blue
Noirlab_iotw2115a_1280
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ID
iotw2115a
Subject Category
Subject Name
NGC 2626
Credits
CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/SMARTS ConsortiumImage processing: T. A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)
Release Date
2021-04-14T16:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/iotw2115a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope, SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope, SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope, SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Instrument
CCD, CCD, CCD, CCD
Color Assignment
Red, Orange, Cyan, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
H-alpha, i, r, g
Central Wavelength
655, 773, 626, 475
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
128.90818243, -40.6631236817
Reference Dimension
1819.0, 2022.0
Reference Pixel
909.5, 1011.0
Scale
-0.000111543189075, 0.000111543189075
Rotation
-0.14
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
iotw2115a
Metadata Date
2021-04-28T17:20:30.430866
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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