Zooming in on the Lupus 3 star-forming region

This zoom sequence starts with a view of the central parts of the Milky Way. We close in on a region in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). The final view is a combined image from data from both the VLT Survey Telescope and the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. It shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming along with a cluster of brilliant stars that have already burst out of their dusty stellar nursery. This cloud is known as Lupus 3 and it lies about 600 light-years from Earth. It is likely that the Sun formed in a similar star formation region more than four billion years ago.


ESO/R. Colombari/Digitized Sky Survey 2/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org). Music: Astral electronic.

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Release date:31 January 2018, 12:00
Related releases:eso1804
Duration:50 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Lupus 3
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Category:Star Clusters

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