The Gum 29 nebula

This image shows the amazing intricacies of the vast stellar nursery Gum 29. At its centre lies the cluster of young stars Westerlund 2. One object at the bottom of the cluster is in fact a system of two of most massive stars known to astronomers. The image is based on data obtained with the Wide Field Imager (WFI) camera attached to the 2.2-m Max-Planck/ESO telescope through four different filters (B, V, R, and H-alpha).

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0837a
Type:Observation
Release date:21 October 2008
Related releases:eso0837
Size:8228 x 8277 px

About the Object

Name:Gum 29
Type:• X - Nebulae
Distance:25000 light years
Constellation:Carina

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 24 14.63
Position (Dec):-57° 46' 57.91"
Field of view:32.73 x 32.93 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.3° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
451 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
539 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
651 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
658 nmMPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

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