ESOcast 195 Light: A Cosmic Bat in Flight

Hidden in one of the darkest corners of the Orion constellation, this Cosmic Bat is spreading its hazy wings through interstellar space two thousand light-years away.

It is illuminated by the young stars nestled in its core — despite being shrouded by opaque clouds of dust, their bright rays still illuminate the nebula. Too dim to be discerned by the naked eye, NGC 1788 reveals its soft colours to ESO's Very Large Telescope in this image — the most detailed to date.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

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ESO

Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Editing: Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Sarah Leach & Calum Turner.
Music: tonelabs — The Red North.
Footage and photos: ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2, N. Risinger (skysurvey.org).
Scientific consultants: Paola Amico & Mariya Lyubenova.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Id:eso1904a
Release date:14 March 2019, 15:00
Related releases:eso1904
Duration:01 m 26 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:NGC 1788
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection
Category:ESOcast
Nebulae

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