Photo of the day: Fascinating dark nebulas in the constellation Shooter

Photo of the day: Fascinating dark nebulas in the constellation Shooter

The European South Observatory has published an excellent picture of slices of dark structures in the midst of many stars. The enveloping image is obtained from the ESO Paranal Observatory in Chile.

The photo captures the clouds with the symbols Barnard 92 and Barnard 93, which are so-called dark nebulas. The formation data appear to be coal-black because the dense masses of gas and dust they make are blocking the light of the background stars, forming bizarre vague figures.

The area in the picture is part of a much larger complex: the Small Star Cloud in the Arrow. This region is so rich with lights that it can be clearly seen in the sky in the constellation of the Shooter on a dark night.

The OmegaCAM camera, with a matrix of 268 million pixels installed at the VLT Survey Telescope, was used for filming. The image is obtained from the Photometric Survey of the South Dimension of our galaxy and the Balj Line of Hα on the VST Telescope, which is designed to map diffuse nebulas as well as young and evolving stars of the Milky Way.

Here you can see the image in the high resolution -- press to increase: