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A new image from the European Southern Observatory in Chile is making researchers reconsider what they thought they knew about the Orion Nebula. The image comes courtesy of the Very Large Telescope’s HAWK-I infrared imager, and provides the deepest view of the nebula ever recorded. According to ESO, the imagery ‘reveals many more very faint planetary-mass objects than expected.’
Multiple infrared exposures were layered to get this new look into the nebula, and you can see a comparison of how the infrared images compare to visible light. ESO has made the videos available for download in resolutions up to 4K.