Stunning First Five Full-Colour Images From Euclid Mission Released

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Euclid space mission unveiled its first five full-colour images of the cosmos. Launched in July, Euclid is a cutting-edge telescope tasked with mapping a third of the extragalactic sky, shedding light on how dark matter and dark energy shape our universe. This ambitious mission is unique in its ability to capture razor-sharp astronomical images across a vast expanse of the sky, offering unprecedented insights into the far reaches of the universe. The initial set of images serves as a testament to Euclid’s unparalleled capability to construct the most extensive 3D map of the universe to date. The most captivating is a panoramic view of the Horsehead Nebula, also known as Barnard 33, situated in the Orion constellation approximately 1,375 light-years away. The nebula, with its striking equine shape, stands as the nearest giant star-forming region to Earth. Remarkably, Euclid achieved this breathtaking image in just one hour, underscoring its mission’s capacity to swiftly capture a previously uncharted portion of the sky. The Euclid team also shared an image of the Perseus Cluster, a congregation of galaxies located 240 million light-years away. Additionally, close-up views of the galaxies IC 342, similar in structure to our Milky Way, and the irregular dwarf galaxy NGC 6822 were made available. The final image featured the globular cluster NGC 6397, a stellar collection orbiting within our own galaxy.