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The Hidden Fires of the Flame Nebula
Flame Nebula, NGC 2024, Sharpless 277
Description: Emission nebula
Position: RA: 5h 41m 42.73s Dec: -1° 54' 44.18"
Distance: 900-1,500 light years
Apparent magnitude: (V) +2
Apparent dimensions: (V) 30'x30'
Field of view: 42.92 x 52.52 arcminutes
Exposure Time: 14 minutes
Orientation: North is 10.0° left of vertical
Image Credits: ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. ACK: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit
Release date: December 11, 2009
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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:
new telescope - VISTA (the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy)
is the latest telescope to be added to ESO's Paranal Observatory in the
Atacama Desert of northern Chile. It is housed on the peak adjacent to
the one hosting the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) and shares the same
exceptional observing conditions. VISTA's main mirror is 4.1 meters across
and is the most highly curved mirror of this size and quality ever made
- its deviations from a perfect surface are less than a few thousandths
of the thickness of a human hair - and its construction and polishing
presented formidable challenges.