The RCW120 nebula
Colour-composite image of RCW120 as seen by the ATLASGAL survey. RCW 120 is a region where an expanding bubble of ionised gas about ten light-years across is causing the surrounding material to collapse into dense clumps that are the birthplaces of new stars.
In this image, the ATLASGAL submillimetre-wavelength data are shown in red, overlaid on a view of the region in infrared light, from the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) in green and blue.
ESO/APEX & MSX/IPAC/NASA
About the Image
|Release date:||1 July 2009|
|Size:||600 x 600 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region|
Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
|Distance:||4500 light years|
Colours & filters
|870 μm||Atacama Pathfinder Experiment|