Monoceros R2 Star-Forming Region - Visible/Infrared Crossfade [720p]

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A new infrared image from ESO's VISTA survey telescope reveals an extraordinary landscape of glowing tendrils of gas, dark clouds and young stars within the constellation of Monoceros (the Unicorn). This star-forming region, known as Monoceros R2, is embedded within a huge dark cloud. The region is almost completely obscured by interstellar dust when viewed in visible light, but is spectacular in the infrared.

This video fades back and forth between views of the stellar nursery Monoceros R2 in visible and infrared light. The visible-light view was created from digitised photographs through red and blue filters forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS) and the new infrared view comes from the VISTA telescope at Paranal. In the infrared, the thick, rich, dust clouds that cover much of the image become nearly transparent, and a whole host of young stars and associated outflows become apparent.

credit: ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

source: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1039b/
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Moon Nova
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