Infrared/visible comparison of an extract from the VISTA Orion Nebula image

The left-hand panel shows a dusty region of the Orion Nebula in visible light. On the right the VISTA infrared view is shown. By observing infrared light many new features appear, including many young stars and their outflows. These strange features are of great interest to astronomers studying the birth and youth of stars.

Credit:

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

About the Image

Id:eso1006d
Type:Observation
Release date:10 February 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1006
Size:3936 x 3016 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, Orion Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:1400 light years

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BandTelescope
Infrared
Z
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Infrared
J
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Infrared
K
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM

Notes: VISTA data relates to the right image. Optical image by Rob Gendler.

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