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.

Crédit:

ESO/G. Beccari

À propos de l'image

Identification:eso1723c
Type:Collage
Date de publication:27 juillet 2017 12:00
Communiqués de presse en rapport:eso1723
Taille:16877 x 13107 px

À propos de l'objet

Nom:Orion Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Catégorie:Nebulae

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DomaineLongueur d'ondeTélescope
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480 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
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625 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM
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659 nmVLT Survey Telescope
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i
770 nmVLT Survey Telescope
OmegaCAM

 

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