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As Orion graces the evening sky, enjoy an infrared view courtesy of the VLT

23 Nov 2019, 15:08 UTC
As Orion graces the evening sky, enjoy an infrared view courtesy of the VLT
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As autumn changes to winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the glorious Orion Nebula rises in the early evening, a welcome addition to the amateur’s list of favourite targets. Even in small telescope, the vast stellar nursery, some 1,400 light years from Earth, dazzles the eye with curving wings of gas stretching away to either side of a concentrated star-forming region where larger instruments reveal the four brightest members of the Trapezium, an open cluster of very young stars. Very large instruments, of course, reveal truly stunning tapestries of light and colour across multiple wavelengths. This infrared view was captured by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope using the HAWK-I cryogenically cooled infrared camera.
The Orion Nebula. Image: ESO/H. Drass et al.

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