Slider comparison of the Trifid Nebula in visible and infrared light

VISTA views the Trifid and reveals hidden variable stars
Trifid Nebula in visible light
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This slider view allows you to compare a new view of the Trifid Nebula in infrared light, from the VVV VISTA survey (left) with a more familiar visible-light image obtained with a high-quality small telescope (right). The glowing clouds of gas and dust are much less prominent in the infrared view, but many more stars behind the nebula become apparent, including two newly discovered Cepheid variable stars.

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Útgáfudagur:Feb 4, 2015, 12:00 CET
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VISTA views the Trifid and reveals hidden variable stars
VISTA views the Trifid and reveals hidden variable stars
Trifid Nebula in visible light
Trifid Nebula in visible light