Glowing Stellar Nurseries*

Colour composite image of RCW120. It reveals how an expanding bubble of ionised gas about ten light-years across is causing the surrounding material to collapse into dense clumps where new stars are then formed. The 870-micron submillimetre-wavelength data were taken with the LABOCA camera on the 12-m Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope. Here, the submillimetre emission is shown as the blue clouds surrounding the reddish glow of the ionised gas (shown with data from the SuperCosmos H-alpha survey). The image also contains data from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey (I-band shown in blue, R-band shown in red).

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Credit:

ESO/APEX/DSS2/ SuperCosmos/ Deharveng(LAM)/ Zavagno(LAM)

About the Image

Id:eso0840a
Language:en-gb
Type:Observation
Release date:11 November 2008
Related releases:eso0840
Size:1872 x 2348 px

About the Object

Name:RCW120
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae
Distance:4500 light years
Constellation:Scorpius

Mounted Image

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 12 24.03
Position (Dec):-38° 28' 11.49"
Field of view:31.40 x 39.38 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.8° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Millimeter
Submillimetre
870 μmAtacama Pathfinder Experiment
LABOCA
Optical
B
Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A
Optical
Pseudogreen (R+I)
Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A
Optical
R
Digitized Sky Survey 2
N/A
Optical
R
Other
N/A

 

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