Wide field view of the R Coronae Australis region

This spectacular wide field image shows the area around the star R Coronae Australis. A huge dust cloud, about eight light-years across, dominates the centre of the image. The bluish reflection nebula close to R Coronae Australis is right of centre and the globular cluster NGC 6723 lies to the upper-right of the nebula. Corona Australis is a tiny tiara-shaped constellation, located next to the larger constellation of Sagittarius, in the direction of the centre of the Milky Way. In spite of its faintness, this southern winter constellation can be easily spotted from dark sites because of its characteristic shape and position in the sky.


Loke Kun Tan (StarryScapes.com)

About the Image

Release date:30 June 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1027
Size:4008 x 2672 px

About the Object

Name:Corona Australis, NGC 6723, R Coronae Australis
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection
• X - Nebulae
• X - Stars
Distance:400 light years
Constellation:Corona Australis

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Position (RA):19 1 53.73
Position (Dec):-36° 57' 7.48"
Field of view:234.56 x 156.37 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 2.4° right of vertical
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675 nm

Notes: Image captured by astrophotographer Loke Kun Tan.

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