Cross-fade between visible and infrared light images of the Orion Nebula

This sequence compares an infrared image of the Orion Nebula star-formation region that was obtained from multiple exposures using the HAWK-I infrared camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope with a picture of the same part of the sky imaged in visible light with the WFI camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope. The longer wavelength light detected by HAWK-I can penetrate the dusty regions of the nebula and expose many young stars that are normally invisible and also reveal many curious features created by very young stars and the jets that they expel.


ESO/H. Drass/Igor Chekalin. Music: Johan B. Monell (

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Release date:12 July 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1625
Duration:01 m 20 s
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