IC 2944, nicknamed the Running Chicken Nebula

This new image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope shows the Running Chicken Nebula, a cloud of gas and newborn stars that lies around 6500 light-years away from us in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur). Officially called IC 2944, or the Lambda Centauri Nebula, its strange nickname comes from the bird-like shape of its brightest region. The star Lambda Centauri itself lies just outside the field of view.

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Auðkenni:eso1135a
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Sep 21, 2011, 12:00 CEST
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1135
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Nafn:IC 2944
Tegund:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Fjarlægð:6500 ljósár
Constellation:Centaurus
Flokkur:Nebulae

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Position (RA):11 38 20.44
Position (Dec):-63° 22' 22.45"
Field of view:34.01 x 30.77 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 0.1° højre frá lóðréttu

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TíðnisviðSjónauki
Sýnilegt
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Sýnilegt
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Innrautt
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
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Sýnilegt
H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI