Garching As if a monster were emerging from the depths: This is what a photo published by researchers looks like. This is behind the spectacular shot from space.
Astronomers have succeeded in taking a mystical image of the so-called Cone Nebula in the constellation Unicorn. The seven light-year-long pillar of the nebula can be seen in the center, as the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced on Thursday, with whose Very Large Telescope (VLT) the image is in Chile have been done.
At a distance of 2500 light-years, the Cone Nebula is comparatively close to our planet and is therefore a well-studied celestial object. “But this sight is more dramatic than all previous ones, because it shows the dark and impenetrable cloud cover of the fog in a way that is reminiscent of a mythological being,” said Eso, based in Garching near Munich. The Cone Nebula was discovered by astronomer William Herschel in the late 18th century.
Of the fog is a perfect example of the columnar shapes formed in the vast clouds of cold molecular gas and dust, writes the Eso. The columnar shape is formed when massive, newly formed bright blue stars emit stellar winds and intense ultraviolet radiation that blow material away from their surroundings. According to the researchers, gas and dust are compressed into dense, dark and tall columnar structures at a greater distance from the young stars.
In the picture, hydrogen gas is shown in blue and sulfur gas in red. Using these filters makes the otherwise bright blue stars, indicative of recent star formation, appear almost golden. With the picture, ESO also wants to draw attention to its 60th anniversary.
According to its own statements, the European Southern Observatory is the leading European organization for astronomical research and the scientifically most productive observatory in the world. ESO’s main task is to provide modern research facilities that enable scientists to conduct research under optimal conditions.