In this celestial
composed with a cosmic brush, dusty nebula
shines left of 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, these clouds of gas, dust, and hot stars
are also commonly found in this setting -
a massive, star-forming molecular cloud in the constellation
is impressively close,
to be only 2,400
light-years or so away.
At that distance, this
canvas would be over 40 light-years across.
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