The star cluster NGC 3293

In this image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust. The star cluster, known as NGC 3293, would have been just a cloud of gas and dust itself about ten million years ago, but as stars began to form it became the bright group we see here. Clusters like this are celestial laboratories that allow astronomers to learn more about how stars evolve.

Credit:

ESO/G. Beccari

About the Image

Id:eso1422a
Type:Observation
Release date:23 July 2014, 16:48
Related releases:eso1422
Size:8682 x 8436 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3293
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Star Clusters
Distance:8000 light years
Constellation:Carina

Image Formats

Large JPEG
22.5 MB
Screensize JPEG
629.6 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
589.6 KB
1280x1024
941.2 KB
1600x1200
1.2 MB
1920x1200
1.4 MB
2048x1536
1.8 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):10 35 46.96
Position (Dec):-58° 13' 4.19"
Field of view:34.44 x 33.47 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrared
I
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

Also see our