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.

Mynd/Myndskeið:

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

Um myndina

Auðkenni:eso-6302
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Des 3, 2009, 23:19 CET
Stærð:1200 x 1117 px

Um fyrirbærið

Nafn:NGC 6302
Tegund:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Fjarlægð:4000 ljósár
Constellation:Scorpius
Flokkur:Nebulae

Myndasnið

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Bakgrunnsmynd

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Hnit

Position (RA):17 13 44.27
Position (Dec):-37° 6' 16.25"
Field of view:6.22 x 5.79 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 45.1° vinstri frá lóðréttu

Litir og síur

TíðnisviðBylgjulengdSjónauki
Sýnilegt
B
451 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Sýnilegt
V
539 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Sýnilegt
R
651 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC

 

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