The Pencil Nebula, a strangely shaped leftover from a vast explosion

The oddly shaped Pencil Nebula (NGC 2736) is pictured in this image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. This nebula is a small part of a huge remnant left over after a supernova explosion that took place about 11 000 years ago. The image was produced by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

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About the Image

Id:eso1236a
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:12 September 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1236
Size:8357 x 8357 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2736
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae
Distance:800 light years
Constellation:Vela

Mounted Image

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):9 0 12.02
Position (Dec):-45° 57' 0.24"
Field of view:33.16 x 33.16 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.1° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
456 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
540 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
652 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
659 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

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