|Is this a painting or a photograph?
In this beautiful celestial
composed with a cosmic brush, dusty nebula
shines near the image center.
Reflecting the light of nearby hot stars,
NGC 2170 is joined
by other bluish reflection nebulae, a
red emission region, many dark
and a backdrop of
Like the common household items
still life painters
often choose for their subjects, the clouds of gas, dust, and hot stars
pictured above are also commonly found in this setting -
a massive, star-forming molecular cloud in the constellation of the
is impressively close, estimated
to be only 2,400
light-years or so away.
At that distance, this
canvas would be over 60 light-years across.
Credit & Copyright:
Leonardo Julio & Carlos Milovic