The Cat's Paw remastered

The Cat’s Paw Nebula is revisited in a combination of exposures from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope and expert amateur astronomers Robert Gendler and Ryan M. Hannahoe. The distinctive shape of the nebula is revealed in reddish puffy clouds of glowing gas against a dark sky dotted with stars.

The image was made by combining existing observations from the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope of the La Silla Observatory in Chile (see ESO Photo Release eso1003) with 60 hours of exposures on a 0.4-metre telescope taken by Gendler and Hannahoe.

The resolution of the existing 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope observations was combined (by using their “luminance” or brightness) with the colour information from Gendler and Hannahoe’s observations to produce a beautiful combination of data from amateur and professional telescopes. For example, the additional colour information brings out the faint blue nebulosity in the central region, which is not seen in the original ESO image, while the ESO data contribute their finer detail. The result is an image that is much more than the sum of its parts.

The well-named Cat’s Paw Nebula (also known as NGC 6334) lies in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). Although it appears close to the centre of the Milky Way on the sky, it is relatively near to Earth, at a distance of about 5500 light-years. It is about 50 light-years across and is one of the most active star formation regions in our galaxy, containing massive, young brilliant blue stars, which have formed in the last few million years. It is host to possibly tens of thousands of stars in total, some of them visible and others still hidden in the clouds of gas and dust.

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Autorska prava:

ESO/R. Gendler & R.M. Hannahoe

O slici

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Tip:Opservacija
Datum objavljivanja:9. jul 2012. 10:00
Veličina:7740 x 8040 px

O objektu

Naziv:Cat's Paw Nebula, NGC 6334
Tip:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Udaljenost:5500 svetlosnih godina
Constellation:Scorpius
Kategorija:Nebulae

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Koordinate

Position (RA):17 20 8.94
Position (Dec):-35° 56' 51.90"
Field of view:30.68 x 31.87 arcminutes
Orijentacija:Sever je 0.0°levo od vertikale

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