A close-up look at the stellar nursery IC 2944 and Thackeray's Globules

This video gives us a close-up look at the spectacular stellar nursery IC 2944. It is being released to celebrate a milestone: 15 years of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. This image also shows a group of thick clouds of dust known as the Thackeray globules silhouetted against the pale pink glowing gas of the nebula. These globules are under fierce bombardment from the ultraviolet radiation from nearby hot young stars. They are both being eroded away and also fragmenting, rather like lumps of butter dropped onto a hot frying pan. It is likely that Thackeray’s globules will be destroyed before they can collapse and form new stars.


ESO. Music: John Dyson (from the album Moonwind)

About the Video

Release date:23 May 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1322
Duration:56 s

About the Object

Name:IC 2944



Large QT
14.2 MB


Video Podcast
10.5 MB
Medium MPEG-1
23.6 MB
Medium Flash
12.9 MB


Small Flash
5.1 MB
Small QT
3.5 MB

For Broadcasters

Broadcast SD
285.2 MB

Also see our