The remarkable Red Rectangle: Stairway to heaven?

Esahubble_heic0408a_1024

esahubble_heic0408a May 11th, 2004

Credit: NASA/ESA, Hans Van Winckel (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) and Martin Cohen (University of California, USA)

This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, reveals startling new details of one of the most unusual nebulae known in our Galaxy. Catalogued as HD 44179, this nebula is more commonly called the "Red Rectangle" because of its unique shape and colour as seen with ground-based telescopes. Hubble has revealed a wealth of new features in the Red Rectangle that cannot be seen by ground-based telescopes looking through the Earth's turbulent atmosphere. Details of the Hubble study were published in the April 2004 issue of The Astronomical Journal.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0408a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
HD 44179 Red Rectangle
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Planetary
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 6h 19m 58.2s
DEC = -10° 38’ 14.5”
Orientation
North is 120.0° CW
Field of View
0.5 x 0.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Monoceros

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (R) 622.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (OIII) 502.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (HeI+ NaI) 588.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (B) 467.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Blue
Blue
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ID
heic0408a
Subject Category
B.4.1.3  
Subject Name
HD 44179, Red Rectangle
Credits
NASA/ESA, Hans Van Winckel (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) and Martin Cohen (University of California, USA)
Release Date
2004-05-11T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0408a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
R, OIII, HeI+ NaI, B
Central Wavelength
622, 502, 588, 467
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
94.992660348, -10.6373665803
Reference Dimension
690.0, 526.0
Reference Pixel
345.0, 263.0
Scale
-1.26069839936e-05, 1.26069839936e-05
Rotation
-119.97999999999996
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic0408a
Metadata Date
2004-05-06T15:47:00+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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