ESO Has A Striking Image Of The Bat-like Winged Nebula

ESO Has A Striking Image Of The Bat-like Winged Nebula

Recently, a novel image snapped by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows the presence of a Cosmic Bat deep in the shadowy corners of the Orion constellation. The captured Cosmic Bat was earlier named NGC 1788. It is a dusty nebula present about 2000 light years from Earth. As the image captured by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) shows, it is a very flabbergasting view of the nebula’s bat-like wings spread across the interstellar space. The NGC 1788 is a type of reflection nebula that comprises of billions of stars at its heart. Even though the Cosmic Bat does not emit light the clouds of dust and gas surrounding it helps reflect the light coming from the stars; thus, providing the generally dim nebula with an illumine.

In comparison to the other cosmic objects in Orion, the nebula emerges to be isolated in space. Thus, according to the astronomers, the strong stellar winds arising from distant stars are believed to have shaped the nebula and helped give the Cosmic Bat its twisted appearance. The VLT’s telescopes mounted with Antu present in the Paranal Observatory has a FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph 2, or FORS2, an instrument mounted it that has made it possible to capture such a stunning image.

After its early light 20 years, FORS2 is now known as the Swiss army knife of instruments. The name has been suggested owing to its unique set of functions. This instrument has shown its versatility to be a present way to beyond pure scientific uses. The capability of the telescope to snap such beautiful images that too with a high resolution gives a potential imager capturer tag. The recent image of the Cosmic Bat gives a clear and detailed view. The image was captured as a part of the ESO’s Cosmic Gems program wherein the basic initiative is to use ESO telescopes to produce some striking images of the unique objects present in the dark night sky. The Bernese Mars’ camera CaSSIS had started its journey in 2016 with the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’ spacecraft to travel to Mars. The camera has been observing Mars orbits and surface for capturing high-resolution images. It has recently sent the first-ever image of InSight lander on Mars. The Trace Gas Orbiter and spacecraft plan to analyze the presence of methane, other sources, water, and the geochemical environment changes with time.

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