The Galactic Starburst Region NGC 3603 (annotated)

The region around NGC 3603, a cluster of young, hot O and B-type stars still partly embedded in its natal cloud of gas and dust. A small group of nascent, very massive stars has been found to the south of the cluster centre — here indicated as "IRS9". The image was obtained with the ISAAC multi-mode instrument at the 8.2-m VLT ANTU telescope at Paranal. The orientation and the scale at the distance of NGC 3603 (22,000 light-years) are indicated.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0317a
Type:Observation
Release date:16 June 2003
Related releases:eso0317
Size:800 x 799 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3603
Type:• X - Nebulae
• X - Stars
• X - Star Clusters
Distance:20000 light years
Constellation:Carina

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 15 9.16
Position (Dec):-61° 16' 17.49"
Field of view:3.36 x 3.35 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.25 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
H
1.65 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
K
2.2 μmVery Large Telescope
ISAAC

 

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