The Secret Stars At The Heart Of The Flame Nebula — Revealed!

More proof we're living in a golden age for space images: Another new telescope, the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (ViSTA) just started up, and already we have some gorgeous images. Click through to see a couple more.

This first image is the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024), in the consellation of Orion — and that bright blue star towards the right is one of three stars making up Orion's Belt. Normally, you can't see the young stars at the nebula's core with visible light, but VISTA's infrared camera shows them perfectly. [ESO via Universe Today]

The Secret Stars At The Heart Of The Flame Nebula — Revealed!

Here's the Fornax Cluster of galaxies, one of the closest galaxy clusters beyond our own grouping. "At the lower-right is the elegant barred-spiral galaxy NGC 1365 and to the left the big elliptical NGC 1399, surrounded by a swarm of faint globular clusters."

The Secret Stars At The Heart Of The Flame Nebula — Revealed!

And here's a look deep into the dusty heart of the Milky Way galaxy, through the constellation of Saggitarius. A million stars are revealed in this image.