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Young Stars Cooking in the Prawn Nebula

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Young Stars Cooking in the Prawn Nebula

The glowing jumble of gas clouds visible in this 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.

Located around 6000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion), the nebula formally known as IC 4628 is a huge region filled with gas and clumps of dark dust. These gas clouds are star-forming regions, producing brilliant hot young stars. In visible light, these stars appear as a blue-white colour, but they also emit intense radiation in other parts of the spectrum — most notably in the ultraviolet.

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Zooming in on the Prawn Nebula

This video sequence starts with a view of the rich central parts of the Milky Way and then closes in on a spectacular region of star formation known as the Prawn Nebula (IC 4628) in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). The final close up view is a very sharp image taken using the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Credit: ESO/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org). Music: movetwo

Source: ESO Observatory

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A close-up look at the Prawn Nebula from ESO’s VST

This pan video takes a closer look at some of the strange and spectacular features in the glowing jumble of gas clouds making 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.

This image also contains information from images of this object taken by Martin Pugh http://www.martinpughastrophotography.id.au/

Credit: ESO. Music: movetwo. Acknowledgement: Martin Pugh

Source: ESO Observatory

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