Representatives from the European southern Observatory recently published a series of very clear images of the nebula Cat's Paw (NGC 6334) and the lobster nebula (NGC 6357), located in the constellation Scorpio. Each image has very high resolution and incredibly beautiful. To get a photo of this quality managed thanks to the latest camera called OmegaCam.
Both the nebula was discovered in 1873 by the British astronomer John Herschel. Now assume that the nebula NGC 6334 and NGC 6357 belong to the class of emission nebulae. Emission nebulae get their name because of weak infrared radiation emitted by the hydrogen atoms, which consist of the cloud that forms the nebula. Thus infrared radiation is emitted due to the impact of energy from supermassive stars.
But back to the actual images: images are sized to 49,511 39,136 points and show complex and chaotic structure of the aforementioned nebulae and dense dust formation. «Responsible» for the photos OmegaCam mounted on the telescope Very Large Telescope Survey Telescope (VST), located in Paranal Observatory in Chile. OmegaCam able to look into the depths of space in a very wide range of wavelengths, and its matrix has a resolution of 256 million pixels.
In General, OmegaCam is multi-structured complex system of adaptive optics coupled with a mirror telescope VST. With more than hundreds of individual actuators it controls the position of individual sections of the reflective surface of the mirror to compensate for atmospheric distortion and to obtain high definition images. By the pictures you can see .
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