This colorful skyscape features the dusty, reddish glow of
the Cave Nebula.
About 2,400 light-years away, the scene lies
along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy
toward the royal northern constellation
Astronomical explorations of the region reveal that it has
formed at the boundary of the massive Cepheus B molecular cloud
and the hot, young, blue stars of the Cepheus OB 3
The bright rim of ionized hydrogen gas is
energized by the radiation from the hot stars, dominated
by the bright blue
O-type star above picture center.
ionization fronts are likely triggering collapsing cores
and new star formation within.
Appropriately sized for a stellar nursery, the cosmic cave is
over 10 light-years across.