VISTA Magellanic Cloud Survey view of the Tarantula Nebula (annotated version)

This VISTA image shows the spectacular 30 Doradus star-forming region, also called the Tarantula Nebula. At its core is a large cluster of stars known as R 136, in which some of the most massive stars known are located. This infrared image, made with ESO’s VISTA survey telescope, is from the VISTA Magellanic Cloud Survey. The project will scan a vast area — 184 square degrees of the sky (corresponding to almost one thousand times the apparent area of the full Moon), including our nearby neighbouring galaxies the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The end result will be a detailed study of the star formation history and three-dimensional geometry of the Magellanic system.

This image was created from images taken through Y, J and Ks filters in the near-infrared part of the spectrum (coloured blue, green and red respectively). The exposure times were 40, 47 and 81 minutes per filter respectively. The image covers a region of sky about 52 by 70 arcminutes.

Crédito:

ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud Survey. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Sobre a imagem

Id:eso1033c
Tipo:Observação
Data de divulgação:11 de Agosto de 2010 às 12:00
Notícias relacionadas:eso1033
Tamanho:2992 x 4000 px

Sobre o objeto

Nome:30 Doradus, NGC 2070
Tipo:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Local Universe : Nebula
Distância:170000 anos-luz
Constellation:Dorado
Categoria:Nebulae

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Coordenadas

Position (RA):5 38 37.99
Position (Dec):-69° 5' 41.67"
Field of view:52.58 x 70.29 arcminutes
Orientação:O norte está a 0.5° à esquerda da vertical

 

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