Setting the Dark on Fire

A new image from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile shows a beautiful view of clouds of cosmic dust in the region of Orion. While these dense interstellar clouds seem dark and obscured in visible-light observations, APEX’s LABOCA camera can detect the heat glow of the dust and reveal the hiding places where new stars are being formed. The image shows the region around the reflection nebula NGC 1999 in visible light, with the APEX observations overlaid in brilliant orange tones that seem to set the dark clouds on fire.

Credit:

ESO/APEX (MPIfR/ESO/OSO)/T. Stanke et al./Digitized Sky Survey 2

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About the Image

Id:eso1304a
Type:Observation
Release date:23 January 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1304
Size:2115 x 2648 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1999, OMC
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:1500 light years
Constellation:Orion

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 36 24.99
Position (Dec):-6° 42' 43.19"
Field of view:35.50 x 44.45 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
O
440 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A
Optical
B
480 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A
Optical
E
650 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A
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R
680 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A
Infrared
I
800 nm Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A
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Submillimetre
870 μm Atacama Pathfinder Experiment

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