Hidden pulsating stars found on the far side of the Trifid Nebula

February 4, 2015 11:15 AM

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Hidden pulsating stars found on the far side of the Trifid Nebula

The ESO's VISTA telescope has used the near-infrared spectrum to peer through the gaseous cloud of the Trifid Nebula at the hidden stars behind.

Space is far from empty. You can't just peer into the far reaches and see all the stars, reaching back into infinite space: there's planets and asteroids and satellites and planetesimals and asteroid fields and giant, lovely clouds of gas and dust that obscure the view: nebulas.

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