September - An infrared view of the L1688 region in Ophiuchus

This image shows the L1688 region in the Ophiuchus constellation. New stars are born in the colourful clouds of gas and dust seen here. The infrared observations underlying this image reveal new details in the star-forming regions that are usually obscured by the clouds of dust. The image was produced with data collected by the VIRCAM instrument, which is attached to the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. The observations were made as part of the VISIONS survey, which will allow astronomers to better understand how stars form in these dust-enshrouded regions.


ESO/S. Meingast et al.

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