30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula, in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

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noirlab_noao-30-doradus October 19th, 2005

Credit: S. Points, C. Smith, R. Leiton, C. Aguilera and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

This image of 30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula, in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) was taken with the Curtis Schmidt telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile, as part of the Magellanic Cloud Emission Line Survey (MCELS) project. The Tarantula Nebula is a giant star-forming region, where energy from hot, young stars in the region creates dramatic voids and filaments in the surrounding gas. Located 160,000 light-years distant in the southern constellation Dorado, the LMC is considered the closest large galaxy to Earth. Because of the proximity and low foreground absorption of the LMC, it is an ideal laboratory both for studies of individual HII regions, supernova remnants, and superbubbles, and for investigations of global properties using samples of these objects. MCELS is designed to provide uniform datasets in optical emission lines that are necessary to conduct this research. The MCELS observations toward the 30 Doradus region have been used to investigate the physical properties of the HII region, examine the physical conditions of supernova remnants in the field, and study the large-scale structure of the ionized gas. This color image was produced using three separate exposures taken in hydrogen (red), sulfur (green), and oxygen (blue) filters.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-30-doradus/

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

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
30 Doradus LMC Tarantula Nebula
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 43m 45.9s
DEC = -70° 24’ 7.4”
Orientation
North is 0.9° CCW
Field of View
2.4 x 3.0 degrees
Constellation
Mensa

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Curtis-Schmidt Telescope (None) Optical (Olll) -
Green Curtis-Schmidt Telescope (None) Optical (Sll) -
Red Curtis-Schmidt Telescope (None) Optical (Ha) -
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ID
noao-30-doradus
Subject Category
Subject Name
30 Doradus, LMC, Tarantula Nebula
Credits
S. Points, C. Smith, R. Leiton, C. Aguilera and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Release Date
2005-10-19T09:59:53
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-30-doradus/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Curtis-Schmidt Telescope, Curtis-Schmidt Telescope, Curtis-Schmidt Telescope
Instrument
None, None, None
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Olll, Sll, Ha
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
85.94109923, -70.40206644
Reference Dimension
2168.0, 2700.0
Reference Pixel
697.7852478, 685.0935466
Scale
-0.00111, 0.00111
Rotation
0.8908496655
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
noao-30-doradus
Metadata Date
2020-10-09T10:00:35.954125
Metadata Version
1.1
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