First raw image obtained by NIRPS

The Near Infrared Planet Searcher (NIRPS) instrument, installed on ESO's 3.6-metre telescope, had its first light in mid-2022. Here we see the first raw data from the instrument, the spectrum of Barnard's star. Each horizontal line corresponds to a narrow region of light where both the absorption lines from the star and the absorption from the Earth's atmosphere are visible. The dotted lines correspond to the so-called comb spectrum, a "ruler" that is used as a reference for the horizontal lines, so scientists can know which wavelengths of light they correspond to.


ESO/NIRPS consortium

About the Image

Release date:27 June 2022, 15:00
Related announcements:ann22009
Size:2350 x 1458 px

About the Object

Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument
Category:La Silla

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