Visible and infrared views of the Horsehead Nebula

This image shows two different views of the Horsehead Nebula. On the right is a view of the nebula in visible light, taken using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile (eso0202a). The new image on the left shows the nebula in the infrared, using observations from Hubble’s high-resolution Wide Field Camera 3.


NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI); ESO

About the Image

Release date:19 April 2013, 15:00
Related releases:heic1307
Size:5200 x 2642 px

About the Object

Name:Barnard 33, Horsehead Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark
Distance:1300 light years

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