Comparison of the Trifid Nebula in visible and infrared light

This picture compares a new view of the Trifid Nebula in infrared light, from the VVV VISTA survey (top) with a more familiar visible-light view from a small telescope (bottom). 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.


ESO/VVV consortium/D. Minniti/Gábor Tóth

About the Image

Release date:4 February 2015, 12:00
Related releases:eso1504
Size:3840 x 5416 px

About the Object

Name:M 20, Messier 20, Trifid Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula

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