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An infrared/visible comparison view of the Cat’s Paw Nebula

This image compares infrared and visible views of the Cat’s Paw Nebula. The visible light image (right) was taken with the Wide Field Imager on the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla in Chile (eso1003). The new infrared image (left) was taken with the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. In the infrared, the dust that obscures many stars becomes nearly transparent, revealing a whole host of new stars that are otherwise invisible.

Credit:

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

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About the Image

Id:eso1017c
Type:Observation
Release date:21 April 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1017
Size:15484 x 8038 px

About the Object

Name:Cat's Paw Nebula, NGC 6334
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:5500 light years

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BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrared
Y
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Optical
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrared
J
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Infrared
R
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrared
K
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM

Notes: Exposure data from VISTA relates to the left image and WFI data to the right image.

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