Infrared Wide Angle View of RCW 108 (Detail)

This image shows an area near the centre of a unique, wide-field infrared view of the region around IRAS 16362-4845, an "emission" nebula that shines by its own light. It is situated within a dark cloud in a Milky Way region (the "RCW 108 complex") at a distance of about 4,000 light-years in the direction of the Southern constellation of Ara (the Altar). The dark cloud is seen silhouetted against the rich background of stars in the Milky Way, whose light is blocked by the dust particles in the cloud. The photo is based on approx. 600 individual exposures with the SOFI instrument at the 3.58-m ESO New Technology Telescope (NTT).

Technical information: this image was obtained in February 2000 by means of SOFI, the infrared camera and spectrograph at the ESO 3.58-m New Technology Telescope (NTT). It is a smaller area near the centre of the field; it measures approx. 6.3 x 6.6 arcmin^2. North is up and East is left.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0037b
Type:Observation
Release date:27 October 2000
Related releases:eso0037
Size:2298 x 2418 px

About the Object

Name:RCW 108
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark : Molecular Cloud
• X - Nebulae
Distance:4000 light years
Constellation:Ara

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Coordinates

Position (RA):16 40 0.16
Position (Dec):-48° 51' 45.25"

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
New Technology Telescope
SofI

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