Close-up pan video showing the Medusa Nebula

This close-up pan video shows the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula (also known Abell 21 and Sharpless 2-274). It was captured using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. As the star at the heart of this nebula made its final transition into retirement, it shed its outer layers into space, forming this colourful cloud. The image foreshadows the final fate of the Sun, which will eventually also become an object of this kind.


ESO. Music: Johan Monell (

About the Video

Release date:20 May 2015, 12:00
Related releases:eso1520
Duration:50 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Medusa Nebula, Sh 2-274
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary

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