Close-up of N44C in the LMC

The N44C nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), obtained in January 2002 with the FORS1 multi-mode instrument at the 8.2-m VLT MELIPAL telescope at the Paranal Observatory (Chile). It is based on three exposures through narrow-band optical (interference) filters that isolate the light from specific atoms and ions. In this rendering, the blue colour represents the light from singly ionized Helium (He II; wavelength 468.6 nm; exposure time 45 min), green corresponds to doubly ionized oxygen ([O III]; 495.7 + 500.7 nm; 5 min) and red to hydrogen atoms (H; H-alpha line at 656.2 nm; 5 min). Of these three ions, He II is the tracer of high excitation, i.e. the bluest areas of the nebula are the hottest. The sky field measures 208 x 208 square arcsec. North is up and east to the left.

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About the Image

Id:eso0310d
Type:Observation
Release date:9 April 2003
Related releases:eso0310
Size:1200 x 1201 px

About the Object

Name:Large Magellanic Cloud, LHA 120-N 44C, LMC
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Appearance : Emission
• X - Nebulae
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 22 7.92
Position (Dec):-67° 56' 13.62"
Field of view:3.47 x 3.47 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Heiii
468 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
Oiii
468 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1

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