VLT Survey Telescopes (VST) First Images

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST), which is the latest addition to the European Southern Observatory’s network of telescopes at Paranal in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, take its first images.The image shows the spectacular star-forming region Messier 17, which is also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula, as it has never been seen before.This vast region of gas, dust and hot young stars lies in the heart of the Milky Way in the constellation of Sagittarius.The VST is a 2.6-meter telescope with a 268-megapixel camera, called OmegaCAM. The VST’s field of view is so large that is able to observe the entire nebula, including its fainter outer parts. The VLT Survey Telescope is the largest telescope in the world, which is designed to exclusively survey the sky in visible light.


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