Boomerang Nebula

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Credit: Bill Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF); NASA/Hubble; Raghvendra Sahai

The Boomerang Nebula reveals its true shape with ALMA. The background purple structure, as seen in visible light (HST), shows a classic double-lobe shape with a very narrow central region. ALMAs ability to see the cold molecular gas reveals the nebulas more elongated shape, in orange.

Provider: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Image Source: https://public.nrao.edu/gallery/boomerange-nebula/

Curator: NRAO/AUI/NSF, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Boomerang Nebula Bow Tie Nebula
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Planetary

Distance

Universescale1
5,000 light years
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Position Details

Position (FK5)
RA = 12h 44m 46.0s
DEC = -54° 31’ 10.0”
Orientation
North is 0.1° CW
Field of View
0.4 x 0.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Centaurus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_purple HST (ACS) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Arrow_left_orange ALMA (None) Millimeter (ALMA Band 6 CO 2-1) 1.3 mm
Spectrum_ir1
Arrow_top_purple
Arrow_top_orange
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ID
NRAO_Gallery006
Subject Category
B.4.1.3  
Subject Name
Boomerang Nebula, Bow Tie Nebula
Credits
Bill Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF); NASA/Hubble; Raghvendra Sahai
Release Date
Lightyears
5,000
Redshift
5,000
Reference Url
https://public.nrao.edu/gallery/boomerange-nebula/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
HST, ALMA
Instrument
ACS, None
Color Assignment
Purple, Orange
Band
Optical, Millimeter
Bandpass
V, ALMA Band 6 CO 2-1
Central Wavelength
606, 1.3E+06
Start Time
2005-03-25
Integration Time
160
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
FK5
Equinox
2000
Reference Value
191.19158567211, -54.51943260882
Reference Dimension
1762, 1762
Reference Pixel
937.64342710304, 881.33092096084
Scale
-0.00000347338, 0.00000347338
Rotation
-0.12494582551
Coordinate System Projection:
SIN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
World Coordinate System resolved using PinpointWCS 0.9.2 revision 218+ by the Chandra X-ray Center
Creator (Curator)
NRAO/AUI/NSF
URL
https://public.nrao.edu
Name
NRAO/AUI/NSF
Email
outreach@nrao.edu
Telephone
Address
520 Edgemont Road
City
Charlottesville
State/Province
Virginia
Publisher
NRAO/AUI/NSF
Publisher ID
nrao
Resource ID
Metadata Date
2018-04-12T19:14:48+00:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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Universescalefull
5,000 light years