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Cat’s Paw Nebula Seen In a Whole New Light

Cat’s Paw Nebula Seen In a Whole New Light

 
A brand new instrument called ArTeMiS has been successfully installed on the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX). APEX is a 12-meter diameter telescope located high in Chile’s Atacama Desert, which operates at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths. This is between infrared light and radio waves in the electromagnetic spectrum. ArTeMiS was used here to deliver a spectacular new view of the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334).

In this video we start with a zoom-in of the the Milky Way Galaxy in the direction of the constellations of Scorpius and Sagittarius. As the Cat’s Paw Nebula comes into view, we shift from the VISTA survey telescope, observing in the infrared part of the spectrum, to the new view of the region taken at submillimeter wavelengths using the new ArTeMiS camera on the APEX telescope.

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