Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sharpless 2-64 (aka W 40)

Six hundred newly forming stars are crowded into these colorful filaments of dust that form a stellar nursery seen by ESA’s Herschel space observatory.

The nebulous blue area, known as W40 or Sharpless 2-64, is roughly 1000 light-years away in the constellation Aquila, and is about 25 light-years across.

Photo credit: ESA and SPIRE & PACS consortia, Ph. André (CEA Saclay) for Gould’s Belt Key Programme Consortia

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