Orion "Bullets" with GeMS

Noirlab_gemini1301a_1024

noirlab_gemini1301a January 8th, 2013

Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

This image is just one of millions of astronomical images processed using IRAF. Obtained during the late commissioning phase of the GeMS adaptive optics system, with the Gemini South AO Imager (GSAOI) on the night of 28 December 2012, it reveals exquisite details in the outskirts of the Orion Nebula. In this image, the blue spots are clouds of gaseous iron "bullets" being propelled at supersonic speeds from a region of massive star formation outside, and below, this image's field of view. As these "bullets" pass through neutral hydrogen gas they heat up the hydrogen and produce the pillars that trace the passage of the iron clouds. 

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/gemini1301a/

Curator: NSF's NOIRLab, Tucson, AZ, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Orion Nebula
Noirlab_gemini1301a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 35m 13.1s
DEC = -5° 20’ 38.9”
Orientation
North is 1.0° CCW
Field of View
1.3 x 1.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Orion

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Gemini-S (GSAOI) Infrared (Ks) 2.2 µm
Gemini-S (GSAOI) Infrared (H2) 2.1 µm
Gemini-S (GSAOI) Infrared (Fe II) 1.6 µm
Spectrum_base
Noirlab_gemini1301a_1280
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ID
gemini1301a
Subject Category
Subject Name
Orion Nebula
Credits
International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Release Date
2013-01-08T00:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/gemini1301a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Gemini South, Gemini South, Gemini South
Instrument
GSAOI, GSAOI, GSAOI
Color Assignment
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Ks, H2, Fe II
Central Wavelength
2150, 2122, 1644
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.8047359328, -5.34413919788
Reference Dimension
3983.0, 3975.0
Reference Pixel
1991.5, 1987.5
Scale
-5.42536581606e-06, 5.42536581606e-06
Rotation
0.95999999999999908
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
950 North Cherry Ave.
City
Tucson
State/Province
AZ
Postal Code
85719
Country
USA
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
NSF's NOIRLab
Publisher ID
noirlab
Resource ID
gemini1301a
Metadata Date
2021-12-11T08:32:20.143060
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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