The Vela supernova remnant imaged by the VLT Survey Telescope

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eso_eso2214a October 31st, 2022

Credit: ESO/VPHAS+ team. Acknowledgement: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

This image shows a spectacular view of the orange and pink clouds that make up what remains after the explosive death of a massive star — the Vela supernova remnant. This detailed image consists of 554 million pixels, and is a combined mosaic image of observations taken with the 268-million-pixel OmegaCAM camera at the VLT Survey Telescope, hosted at ESO’s Paranal Observatory.  OmegaCAM can take images through several filters that each let the telescope see the light emitted in a distinct colour. To capture this image, four filters have been used, represented here by a combination of magenta, blue, green and red. The result is an extremely detailed and stunning view of both the gaseous filaments in the remnant and the foreground bright blue stars that add sparkle to the image.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2214a/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Vela Supernova Remnant
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Supernova Remnant
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 8h 31m 26.0s
DEC = -43° 59’ 12.3”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
1.4 x 1.4 degrees
Constellation
Vela

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Purple VST (OmegaCAM) Infrared (u) 350.0 nm
Blue VST (OmegaCAM) Optical (g) 480.0 nm
Green VST (OmegaCAM) Optical (r) 625.0 nm
Red VST (OmegaCAM) Optical (H-alpha) 659.0 nm
Red VST (OmegaCAM) Infrared (i) 770.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Purple
Blue
Green
Red
Red
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ID
eso2214a
Subject Category
B.4.1.4  
Subject Name
Vela Supernova Remnant
Credits
ESO/VPHAS+ team. Acknowledgement: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit
Release Date
2022-10-31T14:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2214a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
VLT Survey Telescope, VLT Survey Telescope, VLT Survey Telescope, VLT Survey Telescope, VLT Survey Telescope
Instrument
OmegaCAM, OmegaCAM, OmegaCAM, OmegaCAM, OmegaCAM
Color Assignment
Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Red
Band
Infrared, Optical, Optical, Optical, Infrared
Bandpass
u, g, r, H-alpha, i
Central Wavelength
350, 480, 625, 659, 770
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
127.858293674, -43.9867457778
Reference Dimension
22845.0, 22845.0
Reference Pixel
11422.5, 11422.5
Scale
-6.12453968779e-05, 6.12453968779e-05
Rotation
0
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
AVM tag: ESO/ Mahdi Zamani 5.71125 0.0003497877729190905
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
https://www.eso.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso2214a
Metadata Date
2022-08-10T13:31:44+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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