The Rosy Glow of a Cosmic Seagull

Colourful and wispy Sharpless 2-296 forms the “wings” of an area of sky known as the Seagull Nebula — named for its resemblance to a gull in flight. This celestial bird contains a fascinating mix of intriguing astronomical objects. Glowing clouds weave amid dark dust lanes and bright stars. The Seagull Nebula — made up of dust, hydrogen, helium and traces of heavier elements — is the hot and energetic birthplace of new stars.

Credit:

ESO/VPHAS+ team/N.J. Wright (Keele University)

About the Image

Id:eso1913a
Type:Observation
Release date:7 August 2019, 12:00
Related releases:eso1913
Size:20264 x 13488 px

About the Object

Name:Seagull Nebula
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Distance:3500 light years
Constellation:Monoceros
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):7 5 11.97
Position (Dec):-11° 6' 0.94"
Field of view:180.06 x 119.85 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.1° right of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
u
350 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
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480 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
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625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
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659 nmVLT Survey Telescope
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