Mounted image 170: VISTA’s look at the Helix Nebula

ESO's Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) has captured this unusual view of the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), a planetary nebula located 700 light-years away. The coloured picture was created from images taken through Y, J and K infrared filters. While bringing to light a rich background of stars and galaxies, the telescope's infrared vision also reveals strands of cold nebular gas that are mostly obscured in visible images of the Helix.


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

About the Mounted Image

Release date:22 October 2012, 17:39
Dimensions:60 cm (W) x 60 cm (H) x 1 cm (D)
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