|Nebulae are perhaps as famous for being identified with familiar shapes as perhaps
cats are for getting into
Still, no known
could have created the vast
Cat's Paw Nebula visible in Scorpius.
At 5,500 light years distant, Cat's
Paw is an
emission nebula with a red color that originates from an abundance of ionized
Alternatively known as the
Bear Claw Nebula or
stars nearly ten times the mass of our
Sun have been born there in only the past few million years. Pictured here, a wide angle, deep field image of the Cat's Paw nebula was culled from the second Digitized Sky Survey.