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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Auðkenni:eso1005a
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Feb 3, 2010, 12:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1005
Stærð:2129 x 2148 px

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Nafn:NGC 3603
Tegund:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Fjarlægð:22000 ljósár
Constellation:Carina
Flokkur:Nebulae
Star Clusters

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Position (RA):11 15 9.16
Position (Dec):-61° 16' 17.49"
Field of view:8.96 x 9.04 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 0.0° vinstri frá lóðréttu

Litir og síur

TíðnisviðSjónauki
Innrautt
I
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Sýnilegt
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Sýnilegt
R
Very Large Telescope
FORS1

 

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