Digitized Sky Survey image around R Aquarii

While testing a new subsystem on the SPHERE planet-hunting instrument on ESO’s Very Large telescope, astronomers were able to capture dramatic details of the turbulent stellar relationship in the binary star R Aquarii with unprecedented clarity —even compared to observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The image is a colour composite made from exposures from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2), and shows the region surrounding R Aquarii, the vivid orange point at the centre of the image.

Credit:

ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin

About the Image

Id:eso1840d
Type:Observation
Release date:12 December 2018, 14:00
Related releases:eso1840
Size:12144 x 12722 px

About the Object

Name:R Aquarii
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable
Constellation:Aquarius
Category:Stars

Image Formats

Large JPEG
44.4 MB
Screensize JPEG
255.0 KB

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Wallpapers

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Coordinates

Position (RA):23 43 48.27
Position (Dec):-15° 17' 0.73"
Field of view:204.47 x 214.21 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
479 nmDigitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
R
649 nmDigitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
I
825 nmDigitized Sky Survey 2

 

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