CosmoView Episode 52: Dark Energy Camera Captures Bright, Young Stars Blazing Inside Glowing Nebula

The 570-megapixel US Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera at NOIRLab’s Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile is one of the most powerful tools in astronomy and astrophysics. To commemorate its first decade of discovery and exploration, NOIRLab has released a stunning image of the Lobster Nebula, a brilliant star-forming region located 8000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Scorpius. The image was unveiled at a conference highlighting DECam’s breakthrough science results.


Images and Videos: CTIO/NOIRLab/DOE/NSF/AURA, D. Munizaga
Image Processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), J. Miller (Gemini Observatory/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)
Music: Stellardrone - Billions and Billions

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Release date:Sept. 12, 2022, 9 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2221
Duration:01 m 36 s
Frame rate:29.97

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