VLT image of the area around the very faint neutron star RX J1856.5-3754

Colour composite photo of the sky field around the lonely neutron star RX J1856.5-3754 and the related cone-shaped nebula. It is based on a series of exposures obtained with the multi-mode FORS2 instrument at VLT KUEYEN through three different optical filters. The trail of an asteroid is seen in the field with intermittent blue, green and red colours. RX J1856.5-3754 is exactly in the centre of the image.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1641c
Type:Observation
Release date:30 November 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1641
Size:1571 x 1335 px

About the Object

Name:RX J1856.5-3754
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star
Constellation:Corona Australis
Category:Stars

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 56 35.59
Position (Dec):-37° 54' 36.68"
Field of view:5.25 x 4.46 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 45.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V-HIGH
555 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
V-HIGH
555 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
V-HIGH
555 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS2

 

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