Comparison of VISTA image of NGC 6357 with a visible light image

This image compares infrared and visible views of the Lobster Nebula (NGC 6357). The visible light image (left) was created from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 images. The new infrared image (right) was taken with the VISTA telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory. In the infrared, the dust that obscures many stars becomes nearly transparent, revealing a whole host of new stars that are otherwise invisible.


ESO/VVV Survey/Digitized Sky Survey 2/D. Minniti. Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo

About the Image

Release date:20 February 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1309
Size:3704 x 1863 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 6357
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:8000 light years

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