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.

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

The massive VISTA camera sharpens our view of the universe as seen in these pictures. View these pictures of the universe taken by the VISTA camera.

December 11, 2009
3:00 AM EST
The heart of the Flame Nebula, inside a star forming region. Normally, in optical wavelengths we wouldn't be able to see the stars as they would be obscured by dust. VISTA allows astronomers to see through the dust by detecting infrared emissions. | ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
Pushing the telescope's resolving power to the limit, this VISTA photograph contains approximately one million stars living in the dusty heart of our galaxy. | ESO/VISTA.
A Galactic Family Portrait | ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
The Beast | ESO/Y. Beletsky