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.

Autorska prava:

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

O slici

Id:eso-6302
Tip:Opservacija
Datum objavljivanja:3. decembar 2009. 23:19
Veličina:1200 x 1117 px

O objektu

Naziv:NGC 6302
Tip:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary
Udaljenost:4000 svetlosnih godina
Constellation:Scorpius
Kategorija:Nebulae

Formati slika

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Koordinate

Position (RA):17 13 44.27
Position (Dec):-37° 6' 16.25"
Field of view:6.22 x 5.79 arcminutes
Orijentacija:Sever je 45.1°levo od vertikale

Boje i flteri

OpsegTalasna dužinaTeleskop
Optički
B
451 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optički
V
539 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optički
R
651 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC

 

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