The cosmic bat — NGC 1788

The delicate nebula NGC 1788, located in a dark and often neglected corner of the Orion constellation, is revealed in this finely nuanced image. Although this ghostly cloud is rather isolated from Orion’s bright stars, their powerful winds and light have a strong impact on the nebula, forging its shape and making it a home to a multitude of infant suns.

This image has been obtained using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It combines images taken through blue, green and red filters, as well as a special filter designed to let through the light of glowing hydrogen. The field is about 30 arcminutes across; North is up, and East to the left.

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Id:eso1009a
Tipo:Observação
Data de divulgação:3 de Março de 2010 às 12:00
Notícias relacionadas:eso1009
Tamanho:6670 x 5018 px

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Nome:NGC 1788
Tipo:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection
Distância:3000 anos-luz
Constellation:Orion
Categoria:Nebulae

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Coordenadas

Position (RA):5 6 54.03
Position (Dec):-3° 20' 31.48"
Field of view:26.44 x 19.89 arcminutes
Orientação:O norte está a 0.0° à direita da vertical

 

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