The VST captures three spectacular nebulae in one image

Two of the sky’s more famous residents share the stage with a lesser-known neighbour in this enormous three gigapixel image from ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST). On the right lies the faint, glowing cloud of gas called Sharpless 2-54, the iconic Eagle Nebula (Messier 16) is in the centre, and the Omega Nebula (Messier 17) to the left. This cosmic trio makes up just a portion of a vast complex of gas and dust within which new stars are springing to life and illuminating their surroundings.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1719a
Type:Observation
Release date:14 June 2017, 12:00
Related releases:eso1719
Size:93031 x 35412 px

About the Object

Name:Eagle Nebula, M 16, M 17, Messier 16, Messier 17, Omega Nebula, Swan Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Constellation:Serpens Cauda
Category:Nebulae

Image Formats

Large JPEG
1.3 GB
Screensize JPEG
279.1 KB

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 19 29.82
Position (Dec):-14° 6' 8.50"
Field of view:331.49 x 126.18 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
g
480 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
g
480 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
r
625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
r
625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
H-alpha
659 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM

 

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