TRAPPIST–South first light image of the Tarantula Nebula

This first light image of the TRAPPIST–South national telescope at La Silla shows the Tarantula Nebula, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) — one of the galaxies closest to us. Also known as 30 Doradus or NGC 2070, the nebula owes its name to the arrangement of bright patches that somewhat resembles the legs of a tarantula. Taking the name of one of the biggest spiders on Earth is very fitting in view of the gigantic proportions of this celestial nebula — it measures nearly 1000 light-years across! Its proximity, the favourable inclination of the LMC, and the absence of intervening dust make this nebula one of the best laboratories to help understand the formation of massive stars better. The image was made from data obtained through three filters (B, V and R) and the field of view is about 20 arcminutes across.

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TRAPPIST/E. Jehin/ESO

Kuvasta

Tunnistus:eso1023a
Tyyppi:Havainto
Julkaisupäivä:8. kesäkuuta 2010 12:00
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso1023
Koko:2016 x 2038 px

Kohteesta

Nimi:30 Doradus, NGC 2070, Tarantula Nebula
Tyyppi:Local Universe : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Etäisyys:170000 valovuotta
Constellation:Dorado
Kategoria:Nebulae

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Position (RA):5 38 37.99
Position (Dec):-69° 5' 41.67"
Field of view:21.90 x 22.14 arcminutes
Suuntaus:Pohjoinen on 2.3° vasen pystysuuntaan nähden

 

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