Close-up pan video showing the Medusa Nebula

This close-up pan video shows the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula (also known Abell 21 and Sharpless 2-274). It was captured using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. As the star at the heart of this nebula made its final transition into retirement, it shed its outer layers into space, forming this colourful cloud. The image foreshadows the final fate of the Sun, which will eventually also become an object of this kind.


ESO. Music: Johan Monell (

Про відео

Дата релізу [date]:20 травня 2015 р. 12:00
Пов'язані релізи:eso1520
Тривалість:50 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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Назва:Medusa Nebula, Sh 2-274
Тип:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Planetary

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