The VST captures three spectacular nebulae in one image

Two of Sky’s most famous residents share the stage with a lesser-known neighbor in this massive three-gigapixel image of ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST). Above is the faint, glowing gas cloud called Sharpless 2-54, the iconic Eagle Nebula (Messier 16) in the center and the Omega Nebula (Messier 17) on the bottom. This cosmic trio makes up only a part of a vast complex of gas and dust within which new stars are living and illuminating their surroundings.

Credit: ESO