Thursday, September 19, 2013

IC 4628, the Prawn Nebula

The glowing jumble of gas clouds visible in new image make up a huge stellar nursery nicknamed the Prawn Nebula. Taken using the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile, this may well be the sharpest picture ever taken of this object. It shows clumps of hot new-born stars nestled in among the clouds that make up the nebula.

Photo credit: ESO. Acknowledgement: Martin Pugh

Note: For more information, see Young Stars Cooking in the Prawn Nebula.

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