|The clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiucus compose one of the closest star forming regions.
Rho Ophiucus itself is a
binary star system visible in the
light-colored region on the image right.
The star system, located only 400
light years away, is distinguished by its
which include a red
emission nebula and numerous
light and dark brown dust lanes.
Near the upper right of the Rho Ophiucus
molecular cloud system is the yellow star
Antares, while a distant but coincidently-superposed
globular cluster of stars,
M4, is visible between Antares and the red
Near the image bottom lies IC 4592, the
Blue Horsehead nebula.
The blue glow that surrounds the Blue Horsehead's eye -- and other stars around the image -- is a reflection nebula composed of fine dust.
above image left is a geometrically angled reflection nebula
Here, the bright star near the dust vortex creates the light of surrounding
Although most of
these features are visible through a small telescope pointed toward the constellations of
Sagittarius, the only way to see the intricate details of the dust swirls, as featured above, is to use a
long exposure camera.
Credit & Copyright:
Rogelio Bernal Andreo