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This image shows a colour composite of visible and near-infrared images of the dark cloud Barnard 68. It was obtained with the 8.2-m VLT ANTU telescope and the multimode FORS1 instrument in March 1999. At these wavelengths, the small cloud is completely opaque because of the obscuring effect of dust particles in its interior. 

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0102a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 January 2001
Related releases:eso0102
Size:4193 x 4193 px

About the Object

Name:B 68, Barnard 68
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark : Bok Globule
• X - Nebulae
Distance:500 light years
Constellation:Ophiuchus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 22 38.23
Position (Dec):-23° 49' 34.19"
Field of view:6.83 x 6.83 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
440 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
V
557 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS1
Infrared
I
768 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS1

 

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