The Orion Nebula is a vast stellar nursery located about 1350 light-years from Earth. Stars are born deeply embedded in dust clouds such as this one. Using infrared instruments, astronomers can peer through them.
The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a cooperation between the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The building is a donation from the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), a German foundation, and ESO runs the facility.