Massive Camera Sharpens Our View of the Universe: Big Pic Gallery

The Flame Nebula inside Orion's Belt. Clearly visible is the famous dark cloud of the Horsehead Nebula.
ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA and Digitized Sky Survey 2.

December 11, 2009 — A brand new telescope called the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) has started observing the cosmos with astonishing results. Located at the ESO's Paranal Observatory, Chile, VISTA has become the world's largest telescope dedicated to mapping the southern hemisphere's sky in visible and infrared wavelengths.

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