Horsehead Nebula Disappears in Infrared Light
Sig14 031

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESO

Observation • December 19th, 2014 • sig14-031


The famous Horsehead nebula seen in visible-light images (inset) looks quite different when viewed in infrared light, as seen in this newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

The visible-light image, from the European Southern Observatorys Very Large Telescope facility, can be found online at

About the Object

Flame NebulaHorsehead NebulaNGC 2024Barnard 33
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
Nebula > Appearance > Emission
Nebula > Appearance > Dark
1,000 Light Years

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
Infrared 3.6 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 4.5 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 5.8 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 8.0 µm Spitzer IRAC
Infrared 24.0 µm Spitzer MIPS
Infrared 24.0 µm VLT
Infrared 24.0 µm VLT
Infrared 24.0 µm VLT


Position ()
RA =5h 41m 48.9s
Dec = -1° 53' 34.0"
Field of View
1.5 x 0.9 degrees
North is 90.0° left of vertical