|Towering pillars of cold gas and dark dust adorn the
center star forming region of Sharpless 171.
An open cluster
of stars is forming there from the gas in cold
As energetic light emitted by young massive stars boils away the opaque
dust, the region fragments and
of the remnant gas and dust form and
The energetic light also illuminates the surrounding
energize it to glow as a red
Pictured above is the active central region of the
Sharpless 171 greater emission nebula.
Sharpless 171 incorporates
NGC 7822 and the active region |