The Vela supernova remnant imaged by the VLT Survey Telescope

This image shows a spectacular view of the orange and pink clouds that make up what remains after the explosive death of a massive star — the Vela supernova remnant. This detailed image consists of 554 million pixels, and is a combined mosaic image of observations taken with the 268-million-pixel OmegaCAM camera at the VLT Survey Telescope, hosted at ESO’s Paranal Observatory

OmegaCAM can take images through several filters that each let the telescope see the light emitted in a distinct colour. To capture this image, four filters have been used, represented here by a combination of magenta, blue, green and red. The result is an extremely detailed and stunning view of both the gaseous filaments in the remnant and the foreground bright blue stars that add sparkle to the image.

Credit:

ESO/VPHAS+ team. Acknowledgement: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

About the Image

Id:eso2214a
Type:Observation
Release date:31 October 2022, 14:00
Related releases:eso2214
Size:22845 x 22845 px

About the Object

Name:Vela Supernova Remnant
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Constellation:Vela
Category:Nebulae

Image Formats

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763.5 KB
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1.6 MB

Coordinates

Position (RA):8 31 25.99
Position (Dec):-43° 59' 12.28"
Field of view:83.95 x 83.95 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
u
350 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
g
480 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
r
625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optical
H-alpha
659 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Infrared
i
770 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM