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.

This image is available as a mounted image in the ESOshop.

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Припис:

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

Про зображення

ID:eso0949a
Тип:Спостереження
Дата релізу [date]:11 грудня 2009 р. 11:30
Пов'язані релізи:eso0949
Розмір:7546 x 9233 px

Про об’єкт

Назва:Flame Nebula, NGC 2024
Тип:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Відстань:1500 світлових років
Constellation:Orion
Категорія:Nebulae

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Position (RA):5 41 42.73
Position (Dec):-1° 54' 44.18"
Field of view:42.92 x 52.52 arcminutes
Орієнтація:Північ на 10.0° ліва від вертикалі

Кольори та фільтри

ДіапазонТелескоп
Інфрачервоний
J
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Інфрачервоний
H
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Інфрачервоний
K
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM

 

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