Visible/infrared comparison of the VISTA Galactic Centre image

The right-hand image shows a small part of the VISTA infrared image of the Galactic Centre. It matches the image at the right that was taken in visible light using the Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory. Although many of the brighter and closer stars can be seen in both images, a myriad of faint red stars appear in the VISTA infrared view that were hidden behind dust and not seen in the visible. The field of view is about twelve arcminutes across.

Credit:

ESO/VISTA

About the Image

Id:eso0949i
Type:Collage
Release date:11 December 2009, 11:30
Related releases:eso0949
Size:3012 x 1551 px

About the Object

Name:Milky Way Galactic Centre
Type:• Milky Way : Galaxy : Component : Center/Core
• X - Galaxies
Distance:25000 light years

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Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Infrared Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy

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