VST image of the star-forming region Messier 17

The first released VST image shows the spectacular star-forming region Messier 17, also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula, as it has never been seen before. This vast region of gas, dust and hot young stars lies in the heart of the Milky Way in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The VST field of view is so large that the entire nebula, including its fainter outer parts, is captured — and retains its superb sharpness across the entire image. The data were processed using the Astro-WISE software system developed by E.A. Valentijn and collaborators at Groningen and elsewhere.

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ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM. Acknowledgement: OmegaCen/Astro-WISE/Kapteyn Institute

Om bildet

ID:eso1119a
Type:Observasjon
Publiseringsdato:8. juni 2011 12:00
Relaterte pressemeldinger:eso1119
Størrelse:16017 x 16017 px

Om objektet

Navn:M 17, Messier 17
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Avstand:5500 lysår
Constellation:Sagittarius
Kategori:Nebulae

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Position (RA):18 20 58.67
Position (Dec):-16° 8' 51.97"
Field of view:53.40 x 53.40 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord er 0.1° til høyre for vertikalen

 

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