The glowing cloud Sharpless 2-296, part of the Seagull Nebula

This image shows the intricate structure of part of the Seagull Nebula, known more formally as IC 2177. These wisps of gas and dust are known as Sharpless 2-296 (officially Sh 2-296) and form part of the “wings” of the celestial bird. This region of the sky is a fascinating muddle of intriguing astronomical objects — a mix of dark and glowing red clouds, weaving amongst bright stars. This new view was captured 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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ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1306a
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:6 February 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1306
Size:8490 x 4581 px

About the Object

Name:Seagull Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae
Distance:3500 light years
Constellation:Canis Major

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Coordinates

Position (RA):7 4 25.00
Position (Dec):-11° 18' 17.97"
Field of view:33.70 x 18.18 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
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Optical
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Optical665 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
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