ESOcast 227 Light: Stunning Space Butterfly Captured by ESO Telescope

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have imaged a 'space butterfly', a planetary nebula known as NGC 2899. This video offers stunning views of this object and the science behind it.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.



Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Stephanie Rowlands, Emma Foxell and Bárbara Ferreira.
Music: STAN DART ( — The Long Way.
Footage and photos: ESO, C. Malin (, Digitized Sky Survey 2 and Nick Risinger (
Scientific consultants: Paola Amico and Mariya Lyubenova.

About the Video

Release date:30 July 2020, 14:00
Related releases:eso2012
Duration:01 m 26 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Name:NGC 2899
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary

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