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.



Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Editing: Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Izumi Hansen and Richard Hook.
Music: John Stanford (
Footage and photos: ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2, N. Risinger (, J. Walsh, L. Calçada.
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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