Digitized Sky Survey image around the planetary nebula ESO 577-24

The faint, ephemeral glow emanating from the planetary nebula ESO 577-24 persists for only a short time   — around 10,000 years, a blink of an eye in astronomical terms. ESO’s Very Large Telescope captured this shell of glowing ionised gas — the last breath of the dying star whose simmering remains are visible at the heart of this image. As the gaseous shell of this planetary nebula expands and grows dimmer, it will slowly disappear from sight.

The image is a colour composite made from exposures from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2), and shows the region surrounding ESO 577-24, faintly visible in blue at the centre of the image.

Credit:

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

About the Image

Id:eso1902b
Type:Observation
Release date:22 January 2019, 12:00
Related releases:eso1902
Size:14298 x 13421 px

About the Object

Name:ESO 577-24
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Constellation:Virgo
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 40 40.48
Position (Dec):-19° 52' 44.86"
Field of view:239.94 x 225.22 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° right 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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