Star-forming region NGC 346

This new portrait of the bright star-forming region NGC 346, in which different wavelengths of light swirl together like watercolours, reveals new information about how stars form. NGC 346 is located 210,000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a neighbouring dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way. The image is based on data from ESA XMM-Newton (X-rays; blue), ESO's New Technology Telescope (visible light; green), and NASA's Spitzer (infrared; red). The infrared light shows cold dust, while the visible light denotes glowing gas, and the X-rays represent very hot gas. Ordinary stars appear as blue spots with white centres, while young stars enshrouded in dust appear as red spots with white centres.

Crédit:

ESO/ESA/ JPL-Caltech/NASA/ D. Gouliermis (MPIA) et al.

À propos de l'image

Identification:eso0834a
Type:Observation
Date de publication:8 octobre 2008
Communiqués de presse en rapport:eso0834
Taille:2106 x 1989 px

À propos de l'objet

Nom:NGC 346
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:200000 années lumière
Constellation:Tucana
Catégorie:Nebulae

Formats des images

Grand JPEG
1,0 Mio
JPEG taille écran
256,5 Kio

Fonds d'écran

1024x768
276,8 Kio
1280x1024
416,8 Kio
1600x1200
559,1 Kio
1920x1200
627,6 Kio
2048x1536
832,3 Kio

Coordinates

Position (RA):0 59 17.90
Position (Dec):-72° 10' 47.98"
Field of view:6.99 x 6.60 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 8.3° right of vertical

Couleurs & filtres

DomaineLongueur d'ondeTélescope
Rayons X
Soft X-ray
0.00059 nmESA XMM-Newton
EPIC
Visible
V
New Technology Telescope
EFOSC2
Infrarouge
Mid-IR
8.0 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC (Spitzer)

 

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