370-million-pixel starscape of the Lagoon Nebula

The third image of ESO’s GigaGalaxy Zoom project is an amazing vista of the Lagoon Nebula taken with the 67-million-pixel Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. The image covers more than one and a half square degree — an area eight times larger than that of the Full Moon — with a total of about 370 million pixels. It is based on images acquired using three different broadband filters (B, V, R) and one narrow-band filter (H-alpha).

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ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0936a
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:28 September 2009
Related releases:eso0936
Size:23569 x 15784 px

About the Object

Name:Lagoon Nebula, NGC 6523
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Interstellar Medium
• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae
Distance:5000 light years
Constellation:Sagittarius

Mounted Image

Image Formats

Stor JPEG
13.7 MB
Screensize JPEG
371.4 KB

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1.1 MB
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1.3 MB
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1.7 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):18 3 36.99
Position (Dec):-24° 23' 12.97"
Field of view:93.49 x 62.61 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
456 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
539 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
651 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
658 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

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