Reflection Nebula around HD 87643

This image, centred on the B[e] star HD 87643, beautifully shows the extended nebula of gas and dust that reflects the light from the star. The central star's wind appears to have shaped the nebula, leaving bright, ragged tendrils of gas and dust. A careful investigation of these features seems to indicate that there are regular ejections of matter from the star every 15 to 50 years. The image, taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla, is based on data obtained through different filters: B, V and R.

Credit:

ESO/F. Millour et al.

About the Image

Id:eso0928a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 August 2009
Related releases:eso0928
Size:2796 x 2796 px

About the Object

Name:HD 87643
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Exotic
• Milky Way : Nebula
• X - Nebulae
Constellation:Carina

Image Formats

Large JPEG
4.9 MB
Screensize JPEG
414.0 KB

Wallpapers

1024x768
428.3 KB
1280x1024
691.1 KB
1600x1200
1.0 MB
1920x1200
1.3 MB
2048x1536
1.9 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):10 4 30.31
Position (Dec):-58° 39' 52.07"
Field of view:12.98 x 12.98 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 2.8° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

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