Filaments in the Tarantula Nebula

Filaments of ionized gas in the proximity of the R136 cluster, which lies beyond the lower left edge of the photo. The different hues are due to different physical conditions that manifest themselves in the spectrum of the light emitted by the gas. Note also the dark lanes running roughly from bottom left to upper right, which are due to filaments of obscuring dust seen in projection against the background of bright nebulosity. The sky field measures 6.5 x 5.7 arcmin. North is up and East is left.

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About the Image

Id:eso0437b
Type:Observation
Release date:10 December 2004
Related releases:eso0437
Size:1628 x 1422 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus, Tarantula Nebula
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• Local Universe : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 38 42.61
Position (Dec):-69° 6' 3.89"
Field of view:6.45 x 5.63 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.0° right of vertical
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BandTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
Very Large Telescope
WFI
Optical
Oiii
Very Large Telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
Very Large Telescope
WFI

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