June - Wide-field view of NGC 253 from the VLT Survey Telescope
The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) has cap- tured in sharp detail the beauty of the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 253. This new portrait is probably the best wide-field view of this object and its surroundings ever taken. It demonstrates that the VST, the newest tele- scope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory, pro- vides broad views of the sky while also offer- ing impressive image quality. Luminous regions of ongoing star formation are spread throughout NGC 253, which is pumping out new stars at a furious pace.
ESO/INAF-VST Acknowledgement: A. Grado/L. Limatola/ INAF–Capodimonte Observatory