Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Protostar RNO 91 in Nebula LDN 43

A very young star, RNO 91, is being born in the guts of the dark cloud LDN 43, 520 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Ophiuchus. The newborn star is hidden in this image, revealed only by light reflected onto the plumes of the dark cloud. A dusty, icy disc surrounding it may host planet embryos.

Photo credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgement: J. Schmidt

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