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NGC 3603 Region
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NGC 3603 Region

April 27, 2005
This image is a composite "false-colour" infrared image of the starburst region NGC 3603 that is composed from three exposures obtained with the multi-mode ISAAC instrument at the Nasmyth focus of the first 8.2-m VLT Unit Telescope (ANTU) in April 1999. Three near-infrared filters were used, Js (wavelength 1.24 µm; here reproduced in blue), H (1.65 µm; green) and Ks (2.17 µm; red). The intensities are scaled in logarithmic units and the field measures 3.4 x 3.4 arcmin2, or about 20 x 20 light-years2 at the distance of the nebula. North is up; East to the left.