The Very Large Telescope Snaps a Stellar Nursery and Celebrates Fifteen Years of Operations

This intriguing new view of a spectacular stellar nursery IC 2944 is being released to celebrate a milestone: 15 years of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. This image also shows a group of thick clouds of dust known as the Thackeray globules silhouetted against the pale pink glowing gas of the nebula. These globules are under fierce bombardment from the ultraviolet radiation from nearby hot young stars. They are both being eroded away and also fragmenting, rather like lumps of butter dropped onto a hot frying pan. It is likely that Thackeray’s globules will be destroyed before they can collapse and form new stars.

Credit:

ESO

Bookmark and Share

About the Image

Id:eso1322a
Type:Observation
Release date:23 May 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1322
Related announcements:ann13047
Size:3397 x 3451 px

About the Object

Name:IC 2944, IC 2948
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:6500 light years
Constellation:Centaurus

Image Formats

Large JPEG
3.7 MB
Screensize JPEG
310.4 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
304.0 KB
1280x1024
498.5 KB
1600x1200
732.4 KB
1920x1200
869.5 KB
2048x1536
1.2 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):11 38 20.36
Position (Dec):-63° 22' 22.43"
Field of view:7.18 x 7.18 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° left of vertical
View in WorldWide Telescope:
View in WorldWide Telescope

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
[OIII]
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
H-alpha
Very Large Telescope
FORS1

Also see our