Orion Nebula, infrared image

Orion Nebula, infrared image

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Credit: H. Drass et al/EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Orion Nebula, infrared image. The Orion Nebula is an vast cloud of dust and gas where new stars are being formed. It is located around 1500 light years from Earth, in the constellation of Orion. This view was obtained from multiple exposures using the HAWK-I (High Acuity Wide Field K-band Imager) infrared camera on the Very Large Telescope (VLT). This is the deepest view ever of this region and reveals more very faint planetary-mass objects than expected. Image published in 2016.

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