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Infrared/visible comparison of the VISTA Tarantula Nebula image

The left-hand panel shows the region around the Tarantula 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. This visible light image was obtained with Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

On the right VISTA’s new infrared view is shown. By observing in infrared light a subtly different view of the nebula is revealed. As the infrared wavelengths can pass through the obscuring clouds of interstellar dust more easily than visible light, the VISTA image reveals the stars at the centres of the nebulae more clearly.

Credit:

ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud Survey. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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About the Image

Id:eso1033d
Type:Observation
Release date:11 August 2010, 12:00
Related releases:eso1033
Size:4386 x 2182 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus, NGC 2070
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula
• X - Nebulae
Distance:170000 light years

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BandTelescope
Infrared
Y
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Infrared
J
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Optical
V
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Optical
Oiii
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Infrared
K
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM
Optical
H-alpha
Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
VIRCAM

Notes: VISTA data refers to the right image, WFI data to the left image.

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