Infrared/visible light comparison view of the Helix Nebula

This comparison shows a new view of the Helix Nebula acquired with the VISTA telescope in infrared light (left) and the more familiar view in visible light from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope (right). The infrared vision of VISTA reveals strands of cold nebular gas that are mostly obscured in visible light images of the Helix.


ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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Release date:19 September 2021, 14:00
Related announcements:ann21016
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