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Feb. 20, 2013 | 12:55 p.m.

Lobster Nebula: Gorgeous new view of a stellar nursery

This infrared view reveals the stellar nursery known as NGC 6357 in a new light. It was taken as part of the VISTA Variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV) survey.
(SO / VVV Survey/ D. Minniti. Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo)
Scientists have released a new image of NGC 6357, also known as the Lobster Nebula. The Lobster Nebula is located about 8,000 light years away in the constellation of Scorpius. In the image above, you can see the hot young stars surrounded by glowing gas and tendrils of space dust that make up this stellar nursery. Previous images of the Lobster Nebula were created using visible light telescopes, which show a very different view of NGC 6357. In those images,it appears to take the shape of a lobster, hence the nebula’s funny name. But this image, released by the European Southern Observatory on Wednesday, was created using infrared data from ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. It provides a more detailed view of the nebula, since the infrared radiation can penetrate the covering […]
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