VISTA’s view of the Small Magellanic Cloud

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) galaxy is a striking feature of the southern sky even to the unaided eye. But visible-light telescopes cannot get a really clear view of what is in the galaxy because of obscuring clouds of interstellar dust. VISTA’s infrared capabilities have now allowed astronomers to see the myriad of stars in this neighbouring galaxy much more clearly than ever before. The result is this record-breaking image — the biggest infrared image ever taken of the Small Magellanic Cloud — with the whole frame filled with millions of stars.

As well as the SMC itself this very wide-field image reveals many background galaxies and several star clusters, including the very bright 47 Tucanae globular cluster at the right of the picture.

Telif:

ESO/VISTA VMC

Görüntü Hakkında

Kimlik:eso1714a
Tür:Gözlem
Yayın tarihi:03 Mayıs 2017 12:00
Bağlantılı bültenler:eso1714
Boyut:43223 x 38236 px

Nesne Hakkında

Adı:Small Magellanic Cloud, SMC
Tür:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Irregular
Local Universe : Galaxy : Size : Dwarf
Uzaklık:200000 ışık yılı
Constellation:Tucana
Kategori:Galaxies

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Position (RA):0 55 3.16
Position (Dec):-72° 57' 50.57"
Field of view:354.37 x 313.48 arcminutes
Yönelim:Kuzey yönü 1.2° sol derece kadar dik konumdan sapma göstermektedir

Renkler & Filtreler

BantDalgaboyuTeleskop
Kırmızı ötesi
Y
1.02 μmVisible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Kırmızı ötesi
J
1.25 μmVisible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Kırmızı ötesi
Ks
2.15 μmVisible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM

 

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