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Infrared/visible comparison of the full VISTA Orion Nebula image

The left-hand panel shows the Orion Nebula in visible light. Most of the light from the spectacular clouds comes from hydrogen gas glowing under the fierce ultraviolet glare from the central hot young stars. The region above the centre is clearly obscured by dust clouds. On the right the VISTA infrared view is shown. By observing infrared light many new features appear, including large numbers of young stars close to the centre and many curious red objects, associated with young stars and their outflows, in the region above the centre.

Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA & R. Gendler. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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About the Image

Id:eso1006c
Type:Collage
Release date:10 February 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1006
Size:6000 x 4000 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, Orion Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:1400 light years

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Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
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Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
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Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
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Notes: VISTA data relates to the right image. Optical image by Rob Gendler.

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