Infrared view of the Rho Ophiuchi star-forming region

This image shows the Rho Ophiuchi star-forming region in infrared light, as seen by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WISE). Blue and cyan represent light emitted at wavelengths of 3.4 and 4.6 micrometres, which is predominantly from stars. Green and red represent light from 12 and 22 micrometres, respectively, which is mostly emitted by dust.

Credit:

NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team 

About the Image

Id:eso1234c
Type:Observation
Release date:29 August 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1234
Size:10282 x 10100 px

About the Object

Name:Rho Ophiuchi
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:400 light years
Constellation:Ophiuchus
Category:Nebulae
Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):16 25 16.05
Position (Dec):-24° 15' 55.51"
Field of view:235.57 x 231.40 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared3.4 μm Other
Infrared4.6 μm Other
Infrared12 μm Other
Infrared22 μm Other

 

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