Panning across VISTA’s infrared image of the globular star cluster Messier 55

This pan video gives a closer look at a striking view of the globular star cluster Messier 55 in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer) that was obtained in infrared light with the VISTA survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. This vast ball of ancient stars is located at a distance of about 17 000 light-years from Earth.


ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit. Music: Compass by Disasterpeace (

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Release date:9 May 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1220
Duration:01 m 01 s
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