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.

Źródło:

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

O zdjęciu

Identyfikator:eso-6302
Typ:Obserwacje
Data publikacji:3 grudnia 2009 23:19
Rozmiar:1200 x 1117 px

O obiekcie

Nazwa:NGC 6302
Typ:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Odległość:4000 lat świetlnych
Constellation:Scorpius
Kategoria:Nebulae

Formaty zdjęć

Wielki JPEG
283,1 KB

Tapety

1024x768
195,6 KB
1280x1024
278,6 KB
1600x1200
359,2 KB
1920x1200
393,7 KB
2048x1536
503,3 KB

Współrzędne

Pozycja (RA):17 13 44.27
Pozycja (Dec):-37° 6' 16.25"
Pole widzenia:6.22 x 5.79 arcminutes
Orientacja:North is 45.1° lewo of vertical

Kolory i filtry

PasmoDługość faliTeleskop
Optyczny
B
451 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optyczny
V
539 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optyczny
R
651 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC

 

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