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.

Credit:

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

Over de afbeelding

Id:eso-6302
Type:Observatie
Publicatiedatum:3 december 2009 23:19
Grootte:1200 x 1117 px

Over het object

Naam:NGC 6302
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Afstand:4000 lichtjaren
Constellation:Scorpius
Categorie:Nebulae

Afbeeldingstypen

Grote JPEG
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Achtergrond

1024x768
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1280x1024
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1600x1200
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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 13 44.27
Position (Dec):-37° 6' 16.25"
Field of view:6.22 x 5.79 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 45.1° left of vertical

Kleuren & filters

BandGolflengteTelescoop
Optisch
B
451 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optisch
V
539 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optisch
R
651 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC

 

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