FLAMINGOS-2 image of the Tarantula Nebula

FLAMINGOS-2 image of the Tarantula Nebula (30 Doradus) located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. A concentration of massive young stars in the very center of the cluster is causing the hydrogen gas to fluoresce due to excitation by ultraviolet light. This 3-color composite image combines the J-band (1.25 microns, blue), H-band (1.65 microns, green) and Ks-band (2.2 microns, red). The image has a total exposure (integration) of less than 10 minutes and a resolution of about 0.6 arcsecond.

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/A. Gonzalez

About the Image

Id:geminiann09018a
Type:Collage
Release date:Sept. 16, 2009, 7:53 p.m.
Related announcements:geminiann09018
Size:500 x 498 px

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.25 μmGemini South
FLAMINGOS 2
Infrared
H
1.65 μmGemini South
FLAMINGOS 2
Infrared
Ks
2.2 μmGemini South
FLAMINGOS 2