Messier 78: a reflection nebula in Orion

This new image of the reflection nebula Messier 78 was captured using the Wide Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile. This colour picture was created from many monochrome exposures taken through blue, yellow/green and red filters, supplemented by exposures through a filter that isolates light from glowing hydrogen gas. The total exposure times were 9, 9, 17.5 and 15.5 minutes per filter, respectively.

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Credit:

ESO/Igor Chekalin

About the Image

Id:eso1105a
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:16 February 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso1105
Size:8679 x 8411 px

About the Object

Name:M 78, Messier 78
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection
• X - Nebulae
Distance:1400 light years
Constellation:Orion

Mounted Image

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 46 37.42
Position (Dec):0° 6' 40.62"
Field of view:34.43 x 33.36 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.6° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

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