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Deep NIR Survey of the Pipe Nebula II

posted Sep 25, 2012, 2:40 PM by João Alves   [ updated Sep 25, 2012, 2:45 PM ]
Pipe Nebula, NTT-VLT observations
We present a new set of high-resolution dust extinction maps of the nearby and essentially starless Pipe Nebula molecular cloud. We constructed extinction maps from a concerted deep near-infrared imaging survey with the ESO- VLT, ESO-NTT, CAHA 3.5 m telescopes, and 2MASS data. Many results, including the tantalizing clusters of starless cores, in the image above.