Infrared VISTA view of a stellar nursery in Monoceros*

This dramatic infrared image shows the nearby star formation region Monoceros R2, located some 2700 light-years away in the constellation of Monoceros (the Unicorn). The picture was created from exposures in the near infrared bands Y, J and Ks taken by the VISTA survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. Monoceros R2 is an association of massive hot young stars illuminating a beautiful collection of reflection nebulae, embedded in a large molecular cloud.

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Credit:

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

About the Image

Id:eso1039a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 October 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1039
Size:10065 x 7942 px

About the Object

Name:Monoceros R2
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
• X - Stars
Distance:2700 light years
Constellation:Monoceros

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Coordinates

Position (RA):6 7 46.68
Position (Dec):-6° 22' 58.65"
Field of view:57.24 x 45.17 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical

 

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