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The Orion Nebula*

This new image of the Orion Nebula was captured using the Wide Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile. This image is a composite of several exposures taken through a total of five different filters. Light that passed through a red filter, as well as light from a filter that shows the glowing hydrogen gas, is coloured red. Light in the yellow–green part of the spectrum is coloured green, blue light is coloured blue and light that passed through an ultraviolet filter has been coloured purple. The exposure times were about 52 minutes through each filter. 

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Credit:

ESO/Igor Chekalin

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About the Image

Id:eso1103a
Type:Observation
Release date:19 January 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso1103
Size:8948 x 8597 px

About the Object

Name:M 42, Messier 42, Orion Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae
Distance:1400 light years
Constellation:Orion

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 17.32
Position (Dec):-5° 23' 27.55"
Field of view:35.49 x 34.10 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
340 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
B
451 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
539 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
R
651 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

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