Infrared/visible light comparison of views of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8)

This image compares infrared and visible views of the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8). The visible light image (lower) was taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla in Chile. The new infrared image (upper) was taken with the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. In the infrared, the rich dust clouds become more transparent and the gas clouds less conspicuous. A whole host of cool red stars that are otherwise invisible can be seen.


Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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Data de divulgação:5 de Janeiro de 2011 às 12:00
Notícias relacionadas:eso1101
Tamanho:4581 x 4388 px

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Nome:Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8
Tipo:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distância:5000 anos-luz

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