Feb 12

A Pocket of Stellar Formation

Source: ESO Photo Release eso1207

The star formation region NGC 3324. Image credits: ESO.

This new view shows a stellar nursery called NGC 3324. It was taken using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. The intense ultraviolet radiation from several of NGC 3324's hot young stars causes the gas cloud to glow with rich colours and has carved out a cavity in the surrounding gas and dust. (read more)

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