First Light for GRAVITY


WOW!  Look just look at the results from the first light of the GRAVITY instrument, which essentially takes light gathered from multiple telescopes and combines it into a single image.

The caption released with the image:

As part of the first observations with the new GRAVITY instrument the team looked closely at the bright, young stars known as the Trapezium Cluster, located in the heart of the Orion star-forming region. Already, from these first data, GRAVITY made a discovery: one of the components of the cluster (Theta1 Orionis F, lower left) was found to be a double star for the first time. The brighter double star Theta1 Orionis C (lower right) is also well seen.

The background image comes from the ISAAC instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. The views of two of the stars from GRAVITY, shown as inserts, reveal far finer detail than could be detected with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Credit: ESO/GRAVITY consortium/NASA/ESA/M. McCaughrean

Get a more detailed description here at the ESO, it’s well worth your time.

You can also get large versions of the image at this ESO page.

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