VISTA’s infrared view of the Cat’s Paw Nebula*

Infrared view of the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334) taken by VISTA. NGC 6334 is a vast region of star formation about 5500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius. The whole gas cloud is about 50 light-years across. NGC 6334 is one of the most active nurseries of young massive stars in our galaxy, some nearly ten times the mass of our Sun and most born in the last few million years. The images were taken through Y, J and Ks filters (shown as blue, green and red respectively) and the exposure time was five minutes per filter. The field of view is about one degree across.

 

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

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ID:eso1017a
Typ:Observation
Publiceringsdatum:21 april 2010 12:00
Relaterade pressmeddelanden:eso1017
Storlek:12502 x 12502 px

Om objektet

Namn:Cat's Paw Nebula, NGC 6334
Typ:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Avstånd:5500 ljusår
Constellation:Scorpius
Kategori:Nebulae

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Position (RA):17 19 58.02
Position (Dec):-35° 57' 47.06"
Field of view:71.04 x 71.04 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord är 31.3° höger om lodrätt

 

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