VISTA's infrared view of the Orion Nebula*

This wide-field view of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), lying about 1350 light-years from Earth, was taken with the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.The new telescope’s huge field of view allows the whole nebula and its surroundings to be imaged in a single picture and its infrared vision also means that it can peer deep into the normally hidden dusty regions and reveal the curious antics of the very active young stars buried there. This image was created from images taken through Z, J and Ks filters in the near-infrared part of the spectrum. The exposure times were ten minutes per filter. The image covers a region of sky about one degree by 1.5 degrees.

 

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ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Kuvasta

Tunnistus:eso1006a
Tyyppi:Havainto
Julkaisupäivä:10. helmikuuta 2010 12:00
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso1006
Koko:12640 x 15546 px

Kohteesta

Nimi:M 42, Messier 42, Orion Nebula
Tyyppi:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Etäisyys:1400 valovuotta
Constellation:Orion
Kategoria:Nebulae

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Position (RA):5 35 17.32
Position (Dec):-5° 23' 27.55"
Field of view:71.84 x 88.35 arcminutes
Suuntaus:Pohjoinen on 0.1° vasen pystysuuntaan nähden

 

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