IC 2944, nicknamed the Running Chicken Nebula

This new image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope shows the Running Chicken Nebula, a cloud of gas and newborn stars that lies around 6500 light-years away from us in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur). Officially called IC 2944, or the Lambda Centauri Nebula, its strange nickname comes from the bird-like shape of its brightest region. The star Lambda Centauri itself lies just outside the field of view.

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ID:eso1135a
Typ:Observation
Publiceringsdatum:21 september 2011 12:00
Relaterade pressmeddelanden:eso1135
Storlek:8579 x 7763 px

Om objektet

Namn:IC 2944
Typ:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Avstånd:6500 ljusår
Constellation:Centaurus
Kategori:Nebulae

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Position (RA):11 38 20.44
Position (Dec):-63° 22' 22.45"
Field of view:34.01 x 30.77 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord är 0.1° höger om lodrätt

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BandTeleskop
Synligt ljus
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Synligt ljus
V
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R
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H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
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