M78, NGC 2068

This image of M78, the brightest diffuse reflection nebula in the sky, was taken in 2006 with the Mosaic imager on the Mayall 4-meter telescope on Kitt Peak. Located some 1600 light-years away and around 4 light-years across, M78 is part of the Orion complex, a large region of star-forming gas and dust.

Credit:

T. A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

About the Image

Id:noao-m78
Type:Observation
Release date:Aug. 9, 2006, 12:13 p.m.
Related announcements:noaoann06023
Size:3447 x 3500 px

About the Object

Name:M78, NGC 2068
Constellation:Orion
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 46 2.08
Position (Dec):0° 0' 36.30"
Field of view:35.78 x 36.54 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° right of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
538 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1
Optical
B
438 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1
Optical
R
651 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1
Optical
Ha
657 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1