SOAR Telescope Photo Gallery newCSCEbox.jpg The 4.1m diameter SOAR Telescope is located at 9000’ altitude on Cerro Pachón mountain, in Chile. These pictures (and more) are available on the web at ftp://ftp.pa.msu.edu/pub/baldwin/soarpics/ The file names are given under each picture. (Dec 2005) The original PowerPoint version of this 3-page document can be found there as SOAR_pictures.ppt All of the photos (except for SOAR_room_big) should be attributed to: Copyright SOAR Corporation, Inc, all rights reserved. The Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope is a joint project of: Conselho Nacional de Pesquisas Científicas e Tecnológicas CNPq-Brazil, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Michigan State University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. telescope3.jpg telescope3.tif NGC 4622 We encourage the use of these pictures for any purpose beneficial to MSU. For more info, contact Jack Baldwin (517-355-9200 x2411, firstname.lastname@example.org). telescope4.jpg telescope4.tif SOAR_Horizontal_1034.tif (this picture benefits from playing with the contrast and brightness a bit) SOAR_room_big.jpg SOAR can be used remotely from a Remote Observing Room in the BPS building on the MSU campus. (Photo credit: Aaron LaCluyzé, MSU.) SOAR_Ariel_0056.tif M83.jpg M83box3.jpg M83nucl.jpg M83small.jpg M83 is a spiral galaxy located 15 million light years away from us in the constellation of Hydra. The blue knots in the spiral arms are groups and clusters of recently formed, very hot stars. NGC4622.jpg NGC4622.tiff The spiral galaxy NGC 4622 is located at a distance of about 100 million light-years, in the constellation of Centaurus. It exhibits extremely thin and smooth outer spiral arms, traced by young blue stars. It was recently discovered, by ground based plus Hubble Space Telescope observations, that the outer arms of NGC 4622 point toward the direction of the galaxy's clockwise rotation, while the inner arms point in the opposite direction. The unique rotational configuration of its spiral arms may be the result of a collision with a smaller companion galaxy in the past. This image covers an area on the sky of 1.9 x 1.9 arcminutes. 30Doradus.jpg 30 Doradus is a region where stars are forming from a huge interstellar gas cloud. The dark vertical stripe through the center of the picture is the gap between the two CCD detectors used in SOAR’s optical Imager. The white clumping of stars next to that gap is a recentlyformed cluster of stars, whose light is now illuminating the surrounding gas. Color image constructed by Aaron LaCluyzé, MSU. NGC3961.jpg The globular cluster NGC3961 is made up of about 100,000 stars that orbit about their common center of mass. It is one of about 120 such clusters that are some of the very oldest objects in our own Galaxy, dating back to the galaxy’s formation some 13 billion years ago. n3603_final.jpg n3603_final.tiff NGC 3603 is the largest star-forming region in our own Milky Way Galaxy. The central portion of a dense interstellar cloud of a molecular gas has fragmented to form stars that are now illuminating and evaporating away the surrounding gas cloud. This picture represents MSU’s first real science data taken with the SOAR Telescope. It combines red light emitted by hydrogen gas, green light from oxygen that is mixed in with the hydrogen, and blue light emitted by stars. Color image constructed by Eric Pellegrini, MSU. NGC2440_composite_crop.jpg NGC 2440 is a “planetary nebula”, a series of shells and rings of gas that have been expelled from a dying central star (which is barely visible as a faint blue dot at the center of the nebula). This will be the fate of our own Sun, 5 billion years from now.