A new image from the European Southern Observatory captures a space bat harboring one of the darkest corners of the Orion constellation. The space bat, officially known as NGC 1788, is a dusty nebula located two thousand light-years from Earth. Taken from ESO's very large telescope (ESL) in northern Chile, the photo offers a stunning breeze-like view of breeze blades extending through interstellar space.
NGC 1788 is a reflection nebula that hosts a group of young stars in their essence. While NGC 1788 does not emit light, its clouds of gas and dust reflect the light of the stars, thus illuminating otherwise the mist. Related: Incredible spatial views of ESO's very large telescope (photos
The nebula seems to be isolated in space, away from other space objects in Orion (the Catcher).) Astronomers therefore believe that the strong star stars of distant stars form the nebula by giving the space bat its distorted appearance, according to ESO's statement . FOcal reducer and low-dispersive spectrograph 2, or FORS2, a tool mounted on Antu – one of the VLT telescopes in the Paranal Observatory.
"Since its first light 20 years ago, FORS2 has become known as the" Swiss Army Toolkit ", which has its uniquely wide range of features," said ESO employees. "The multifunctionality of FORS2 extends beyond purely scientific applications – its ability to capture beautiful, high-quality images, making it a particularly useful promotional tool. "
The new image offers the most detailed Cosmic Bat present, captured as part of ESO's cosmic which is an initiative that uses ESO's telescopes and "creates breathtaking images of some of the most impressive objects in the night sky," ESO officials said.