Infrared VISTA view of a stellar nursery in Monoceros*

This dramatic infrared image shows the nearby star formation region Monoceros R2, located some 2700 light-years away in the constellation of Monoceros (the Unicorn). The picture was created from exposures in the near infrared bands Y, J and Ks taken by the VISTA survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. Monoceros R2 is an association of massive hot young stars illuminating a beautiful collection of reflection nebulae, embedded in a large molecular cloud.

This image is available as a mounted image in the ESOshop.

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

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Auðkenni:eso1039a
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Okt 6, 2010, 12:00 CEST
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1039
Stærð:10065 x 7942 px

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Nafn:Monoceros R2
Tegund:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Fjarlægð:2700 ljósár
Constellation:Monoceros
Flokkur:Nebulae
Stars

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Position (RA):6 7 46.68
Position (Dec):-6° 22' 58.65"
Field of view:57.24 x 45.17 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 0.1° højre frá lóðréttu

 

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