Friday, February 12, 2010


New Eyes on Orion

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Credit: ESO - Big version

By putting on a different 'set of glasses', namely the infrared ones, we can observe new structures and features of the Orion nebula. Baby stars are being born in the clouds that we normally cannot see through, not in visible light. Infrared light can penetrate the dust in the clouds and thus reveal all the action. Well, maybe not all, but a whole lot more as you can tell from this magnificent image taken by the ESO's VISTA telescope that master infrared as well as visual.

The new images of Orion are glorious. But so are the old images in visible light. You can see the difference yourself below.

It all depends on what kind of 'glasses' you put on...

From the ESO article Orion in A New Light.

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