Monday, August 2, 2021

The secrets of the Orion nebula revealed by the VISTA telescope

The ESO project has so far identified nearly 800,000 new stars, young "stellar objects" and distant galaxies.

 The European Southern Observatory (ESO) published this Wednesday spectacular images of the birth of stars in the Orion nebula.

 These are images that allow us to observe how stellar objects take shape in this "star factory" which is the Orion nebula A, the closest to Earth.

 A nebula is a cloud composed of interstellar gas and dust.  The Orion nebula is located 1350 light-years from Earth and its mass is 2,000 times that of the Sun.

 The image was captured by the VISTA telescope, located in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile.

 Younger stars cannot be seen with the naked eye.  But the telescope - the world's largest dedicated to observing the sky - can detect them thanks to infrared waves.

 "The image reveals many young stars and other stellar objects normally hidden behind dust clouds," says a statement from the European Austral Observatory.

 The ESO project has so far identified nearly 800,000 new stars, young "stellar objects" and distant galaxies.

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 Orion Image Selections — Photo: HANDOUT / EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY / AFP

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