Detailed view of the Prawn Nebula from ESO's VST

The glowing jumble of gas clouds visible in new image make up a huge stellar nursery nicknamed the Prawn Nebula. Taken using the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile, this may well be the sharpest picture ever taken of this object. It shows clumps of hot new-born stars nestled in among the clouds that make up the nebula.

This image also contains information from images of this object taken by Martin Pugh.

Credit:

ESO. Acknowledgement: Martin Pugh

About the Image

Id:eso1340a
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:18 September 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1340
Size:17683 x 12779 px

About the Object

Name:IC 4628
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:6000 light years
Constellation:Scorpius

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Coordinates

Position (RA):16 57 13.26
Position (Dec):-40° 24' 44.84"
Field of view:63.10 x 45.60 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
R
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
I
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
H-alpha
VLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
[OII]
Optical
[SII]

 

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