Picture of the Month
04 Jan 2024



Each month we highlight an amazing picture. This could be a brand-new image or a favourite from the archives.




This was the first image taken by VISTA that was released to the public back in 2009. ​It shows the star-forming Flame Nebula (aka NGC 2024) region in the constellation of Orion​.

The UK ATC was responsible for the design and construction of VISTA, the world's largest dedicated infrared survey telescope, that is part of the European Southern Observatory's (ESO)​ Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile.​

Delivery of VISTA was a major part of the UK becoming a member of ESO. 

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