The hidden fires of the Flame Nebula*

This image, the first to be released publicly from VISTA, the world’s largest survey telescope, shows the spectacular star-forming region known as the Flame Nebula, or NGC 2024, in the constellation of Orion (the Hunter) and its surroundings. In views of this evocative object in visible light the core of the nebula is completely hidden behind obscuring dust, but in this VISTA view, taken in infrared light, the cluster of very young stars at the object’s heart is revealed. The wide-field VISTA view also includes the glow of the reflection nebula NGC 2023, just below centre, and the ghostly outline of the Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) towards the lower right. The bright bluish star towards the right is one of the three bright stars forming the Belt of Orion. The image was created from VISTA images taken through J, H and Ks filters in the near-infrared part of the spectrum. The image shows about half the area of the full VISTA field and is about 40 x 50 arcminutes in extent. The total exposure time was 14 minutes.

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ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Об изображении

ID:eso0949a
Тип:Наблюдение
Дата выпуска релиза [date]:11 декабря 2009 г. 11:30
Связанные релизы:eso0949
Размер:7546 x 9233 px

Об объекте

Название:Flame Nebula, NGC 2024
Тип:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Расстояние:1500 световых лет
Constellation:Orion
Категория:Nebulae

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Координаты

Position (RA):5 41 42.73
Position (Dec):-1° 54' 44.18"
Field of view:42.92 x 52.52 arcminutes
Ориентация:Север на 10.0° слева от вертикали

Цвета и фильтры

ДиапазонТелескоп
Инфракрасный
J
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Инфракрасный
H
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Инфракрасный
K
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM

 

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