Cosmic butterfly

The Bug Nebula, NGC 6302, is one of the brightest and most extreme planetary nebulae known. It is located about 4,000 light-years away, towards the Scorpius constellation (the Scorpion). The nebula is the swansong of a dying solar-like star lying at its centre. At about 250,000 degrees Celsius and smothered in a blanket of hailstones, the star itself has never been observed as it is surrounded by a dense disc of gas and dust, opaque to light. This dense disc may be the origin of the hourglass structure of the nebula.

This colour image, which nicely highlights the complex structure of the nebula, is a composite of three exposures through blue, green and red filters. It was made using the 1.5-metre Danish telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory, Chile.

Të drejtat:

ESO/IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R. Gendler, A. Hornstrup and J.-E. Ovaldsen

Rreth fotografisë

Id:eso-6302
Tipi:Vëzhgim
Data e Publikimit:Dhj 3, 2009, 23:19 CET
Përmasat:1200 x 1117 px

Rreth objektit

Emri:NGC 6302
Tipi:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Distanca:4000 vite dritë
Constellation:Scorpius
Kategori:Nebulae

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Koordinatat

Position (RA):17 13 44.27
Position (Dec):-37° 6' 16.25"
Field of view:6.22 x 5.79 arcminutes
Orientimi:Veriu është 45.1° majtas vertikales

Ngjyra & filtera

BandaGjatësi valeTeleskopi
Optik
B
451 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optik
V
539 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optik
R
651 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC

 

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