Stellar nursery NGC 3603*

NGC 3603 is a starburst region : a cosmic factory where stars form frantically from the nebula’s extended clouds of gas and dust. Located 22,000 light-years away from the Sun, it is the closest region of this kind known in our galaxy, providing astronomers with a local test bed for studying the intense star formation processes, very common in other galaxies, but hard to observe in detail because of their large distance.

The newly released image, obtained with the FORS instrument attached to one of the four 8.2-metre VLT Unit Telescopes at Cerro Paranal, Chile, is a three-colour combination of exposures acquired through visible and near-infrared (V, R, I) filters. This image portrays a wider field around the stellar cluster and reveals the rich texture of the surrounding clouds of gas and dust. The field of view is 7 arcminutes wide.

 

This image is available as a mounted image in the ESOshop.

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Kuvasta

Tunnistus:eso1005a
Tyyppi:Havainto
Julkaisupäivä:3. helmikuuta 2010 12:00
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso1005
Koko:2129 x 2148 px

Kohteesta

Nimi:NGC 3603
Tyyppi:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Etäisyys:22000 valovuotta
Constellation:Carina
Kategoria:Nebulae
Star Clusters

Mounted Image

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Koordinaatit

Position (RA):11 15 9.16
Position (Dec):-61° 16' 17.49"
Field of view:8.96 x 9.04 arcminutes
Suuntaus:Pohjoinen on 0.0° vasen pystysuuntaan nähden

Värit ja suotimet

KaistaTeleskooppi
Infrapuna
I
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optinen
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optinen
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS1

 

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