Lobster Nebula

Feb. 20, 2013 | 12:11 p.m.

This image compares infrared and visible views of the Lobster Nebula (NGC 6357). The visible light image (left) was created from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 images. The new infrared image (right) was taken with the VISTA telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory. In the infrared, the dust that obscures many stars becomes nearly transparent, revealing a whole host of new stars that are otherwise invisible. (ESO/VVV Survey/Digitized Sky Survey 2/ D. Minniti. Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo)

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