Examining the Cat’s Paw

The Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope (VISTA) has turned its considerable eyes towards the Cat’s Paw nebula, NGC 6334. The result is a look in infrared light that penetrates through the thick dust and gas to look at the many young stars in one of the galaxy’s most active star forming regions.

The 4.1 metre telescope penetrates all but the thickest blobs of gas in the region 5,500 light years from us in the direction of the constellation of Scorpius. The result is a high resolution, widefield image that can be seen in zoomable form from the European Southern Observatory‘s website here.


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