ESOcast 129 Light: The Strange Structures of the Saturn Nebula (4K UHD)

The spectacular planetary nebula NGC 7009, or the Saturn Nebula, emerges from the darkness like a series of oddly-shaped bubbles, lit up in glorious pinks and blues.

This colourful image was captured by the powerful MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), as part of a study which mapped the dust inside a planetary nebula for the first time.

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.



Visual Design and Editing: Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Rosa Jesse and Richard Hook.
Music: John Stanford (
Footage and photos: ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2, N. Risinger (, J. Walsh, L. Calçada.
Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Executive producer
: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Release date:27 September 2017, 12:00
Related releases:eso1731
Duration:01 m 35 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:NGC 7009, Saturn Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary

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