The Wild Duck cluster

The Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image of the open Wild Duck Cluster, Messier 11, or NGC 6705. The blue stars in the centre of the image are the young, hot stars of the cluster. The surrounding redder stars are older, cooler background stars.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1430a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 October 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1430
Size:8966 x 6473 px

About the Object

Name:M 11, Wild Duck Cluster
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Distance:6000 light years
Constellation:Scutum
Category:Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 51 3.49
Position (Dec):-6° 15' 33.12"
Field of view:35.59 x 25.70 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

 

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