VISTA views Messier 78

This richly detailed view of the star formation region Messier 78, in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter), was taken with the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. As well as the blue regions of reflected light from the hot young stars the image also shows streams of dark dust and the red jets emerging from stars in the process of formation.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1635a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 October 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1635
Size:12815 x 9510 px

About the Object

Name:M 78, Messier 78
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Constellation:Orion
Category:Nebulae
Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 46 43.15
Position (Dec):0° 6' 18.96"
Field of view:72.79 x 54.02 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 105.0° right of vertical

 

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