ALMA Reveals Inner Web of Stellar Nursery

This spectacular and unusual image shows part of the famous Orion Nebula, a star formation region lying about 1350 light-years from Earth. It combines a mosaic of millimetre wavelength images from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the IRAM 30-metre telescope, shown in red, with a more familiar infrared view from the HAWK-I instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, shown in blue. The group of bright blue-white stars at the left is the Trapezium Cluster — made up of hot young stars that are only a few million years old.

Credit:

ESO/H. Drass/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/A. Hacar

About the Image

Id:eso1809a
Type:Observation
Release date:7 March 2018, 12:00
Related releases:eso1809
Size:11589 x 2440 px

About the Object

Name:Orion Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Constellation:Orion
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 19.34
Position (Dec):-5° 15' 7.46"
Field of view:20.61 x 4.34 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 103.3° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.258 μmVery Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Infrared
H
1.62 μmVery Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Infrared
Ks
2.146 μmVery Large Telescope
HAWK-I
Millimeter
93 GHz
3.217589 mmAtacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
Band 3
Millimeter3.0 mmIRAM 30m Telescope

 

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