The Orion Nebula showing three populations of young stars

OmegaCAM — the wide-field optical camera on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST) — has captured the spectacular Orion Nebula and its associated cluster of young stars in great detail,  producing this beautiful new image. This famous object, the birthplace of many massive stars, is one of the closest stellar nurseries, at a distance of about 1350 light-years.

On this plot different populations of young stars are marked in different colours. The blue ones are oldest and the red youngest, with green ones an intermediate age. These stars seems to have formed in three bursts of star formation during the last three million years.

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ESO/G. Beccari

Om bildet

ID:eso1723c
Type:Kollasj
Publiseringsdato:27. juli 2017 12:00
Relaterte pressemeldinger:eso1723
Størrelse:16877 x 13107 px

Om objektet

Navn:Orion Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Kategori:Nebulae

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Optisk
G
480 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optisk
r
625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optisk
H-alpha
659 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
Optisk
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770 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM