The star cluster NGC 6604 and its surroundings

The star cluster NGC 6604 is shown in this image taken by the Wide Field Imager attached to the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. NGC 6604 is the bright grouping towards to the upper left of the image. It is a young star cluster that is the densest part of a more widely scattered association containing about one hundred brilliant blue-white stars. The picture also shows the cluster’s associated nebula — a cloud of glowing hydrogen gas that is called Sh2-54 — as well as dust clouds.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1218a
Type:Observation
Release date:25 April 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1218
Size:8653 x 8388 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6604
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• X - Star Clusters
Distance:5500 light years
Constellation:Serpens Cauda

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 18 36.96
Position (Dec):-12° 5' 38.76"
Field of view:34.31 x 33.26 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 180.0° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
360 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
B
450 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
540 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
Rc
652 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

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