Tarantula Nebula Spitzer 2-Color Image

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spitzer_ssc2020-06a January 27th, 2020

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Tarantula Nebula in two wavelengths of infrared light, each represented by a different color. The red color at the heart of the nebula shows the presence of particularly hot gas emitting infrared light at a wavelength of 4.5 micrometers. The blue regions are dust composed of molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are also found in ash from coal, wood and oil fires on Earth. Regions emitting both wavelengths appear white.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, also in Pasadena. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

Provider: Spitzer Space Telescope

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6719-ssc2020-06a-Tarantula-Nebula-Spitzer-2-Color-Image

Curator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Tarantula Nebula SN 1987a R136
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
Nebula > Type > Supernova Remnant
Star > Grouping > Cluster
Star > Spectral Type > O

Distance

Universescale2
160,000 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 37m 49.3s
DEC = -69° 16’ 2.6”
Orientation
North is 90.0° CCW
Field of View
58.9 x 33.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Cyan Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared 3.6 µm
Red Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared 4.5 µm
Spectrum_base
Cyan
Red
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ID
ssc2020-06a
Subject Category
C.4.1.2   C.4.1.4   C.3.6.4   C.3.3.1  
Subject Name
Tarantula Nebula, SN 1987a, R136
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Release Date
2020-01-27
Lightyears
160,000
Redshift
160,000
Reference Url
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6719-ssc2020-06a-Tarantula-Nebula-Spitzer-2-Color-Image
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Spitzer, Spitzer
Instrument
IRAC, IRAC
Color Assignment
Cyan, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
3600, 4500
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
84.4553908, -69.2673753
Reference Dimension
8832.0, 4968.0
Reference Pixel
4417.0, 2485.0
Scale
-0.0001111, 0.0001111
Rotation
89.99
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
Creator (Curator)
Spitzer Space Telescope
URL
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
Rights
Publisher
Spitzer Science Center
Publisher ID
spitzer
Resource ID
ssc2020-06a.tif
Metadata Date
2020-03-11
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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Universescalefull
160,000 light years