Sneak preview of survey telescope treasure trove

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters.

A closer look at the Hercules galaxy cluster

The Hercules galaxy cluster - aka Abell 2151 - lies approximately 500 million light-years away in the constellation of Hercules.