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Orion Nebula in the Infrared

January 18th, 2013

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

This wide-field view of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), lying about 1350 light-years from Earth, was taken with the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. The new telescope's huge field of view allows the whole nebula and its surroundings to be imaged in a single picture and its infrared vision also means that it can peer deep into the normally hidden dusty regions and reveal the curious antics of the very active young stars buried there. This image was created from images taken through Z, J and Ks filters in the near-infrared part of the spectrum. The exposure times were ten minutes per filter. The image covers a region of sky about one degree by 1.5 degrees.

Full press release: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1006/

Original image: http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1006a/

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Posted By: Murphy419
about 11 years, 5 months ago
Colors look great. This is Really nice. Background on my iPhone 5 now. Not even sure how you did this!
Posted By: ForWinterfell
about 11 years, 4 months ago
I've waited so long for high quality photos of space like these. Finally: celestial photos that aren't polluted by text or gratuitous graphics. I can only imagine the amount of time it took to turn it into what it is, given the very detailed description, so thank you so much for sharing this beautiful look into the heavens, Chris.

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