The Trapezium cluster

This image shows a colour composite of near-infrared images of the central regions of the Orion Nebula, obtained on March 14, 2000, with the SOFI instrument at the ESO 3.5-m New Technology Telescope (NTT) at La Silla. Three exposures were made through J- (wavelength 1.25 µm here colour-coded as "blue"), H- (1.65 µm; "green") and Ks-filters (2.16 µm; "red"), respectively. The central group of bright stars is the famous "Trapezium" . The total effective exposure time was 86.4 seconds per band. The sky field measures about 4.9 x 4.9 arcmin 2 (1024 x 1024 pix 2). North is up and East is left.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0124a
Type:Observation
Release date:7 June 2001
Related releases:eso0124
Size:1720 x 1663 px

About the Object

Name:Orion Nebula, Trapezium Cluster
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:1400 light years
Constellation:Orion
Category:Nebulae
Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 15.07
Position (Dec):-5° 23' 32.27"
Field of view:4.81 x 4.65 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.3° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.25 μmNew Technology Telescope
SOFI
Infrared
H
1.65 μmNew Technology Telescope
SOFI
Infrared
K
2.16 μmNew Technology Telescope
SOFI

 

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