Infrared/visible comparison of the VISTA Tarantula Nebula image

The left-hand panel shows the region around the TarantulaNebula in visible light. Most of the light from the spectacular clouds comes from hydrogen gas glowing under the fierce ultraviolet glare from the central hot young stars. This visible light image was obtained with Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

On the right VISTA’s new infrared view is shown. By observing in infrared light a subtly different view of the nebula is revealed. As the infrared wavelengths can pass through the obscuring clouds of interstellar dust more easily than visible light, the VISTA image reveals the stars at the centres of the nebulae more clearly.

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ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud Survey. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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ID:eso1033d
Typ:Observation
Publiceringsdatum:11 augusti 2010 12:00
Relaterade pressmeddelanden:eso1033
Storlek:4386 x 2182 px

Om objektet

Namn:30 Doradus, NGC 2070
Typ:Local Universe : Nebula
Avstånd:170000 ljusår
Kategori:Nebulae

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