Vista telescope reveals the heart of the Milky Way
This is the image of the Flame Nebula, the centre of the Milky Way and the Fornax Galaxy Cluster. It is a star-forming cloud of gas and dust in the constellation Orion. When observed with visible light, the Nebula’s core is hidden by dust, but infrared light has revealed the cluster of hot young stars at its heart.
It was taken by Vista (the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy), which was designed by British scientists (clearly, a world-class success story).
The eye of man has never before seen this. Is it not wonderful, beautiful and awesome? Does it not inspire, affirm and humble? Does it not put into perspective the trivial politicking and ephemeral religiosity of man?