Close-up view of NGC 6357

ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has taken the most detailed image so far of a spectacular part of the stellar nursery called NGC 6357. The view shows many hot young stars, glowing clouds of gas and weird dust formations sculpted by ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds.

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About the Image

Id:eso1226a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 June 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1226
Size:3758 x 1563 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6357
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:8000 light years
Constellation:Scorpius

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 26 28.86
Position (Dec):-34° 12' 0.26"
Field of view:15.80 x 6.57 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 55.4° left of vertical
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BandTelescope
Optical
B
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS2
Optical
H-alpha
Very Large Telescope
FORS2

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