Sifting through Dust near Orion’s Belt (zoom)

This zoom sequence opens with a wide-field view of the Milky Way. We close in on the constellation of Orion and as we zoom in on to a region close to Orion’s famous Belt, a fascinating region of dust and reflection nebulosity — known as Messier 78 — comes into view. At the end of the zoom, submillimetre-wavelength observations from the LABOCA camera on APEX reveal the heat glow of the dust grains, shown here in orange tones.


ESO/APEX (MPIfR/ESO/OSO)/T. Stanke et al./S. Brunier/Chris Johnson ( Sky Survey 2, and Igor Chekalin. Music: Disasterpeace (

About the Video

Release date:2 May 2012, 12:00
Related releases:eso1219
Duration:01 m 01 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:M 78, Messier 78, NGC 2068
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection



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