This composition in stardust
covers almost 2 degrees
on the sky, close to the border of the zodiacal
Aries and the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy.
At the lower right of the gorgeous skyscape is a dusty blue
reflection nebula surrounding a bright star
van den Bergh 13 (vdB 13), about 1,000 light-years away.
At that estimated distance, the
cosmic canvas is over 30 light-years across.
Also surrounded by scattered blue starlight, vdB 16 lies
toward the upper left, while
dark dusty nebulae sprawl across the
Near the edge of a large
cloud, they can hide the newly
formed stars and young stellar objects
or protostars from prying optical telescopes.
Collapsing due to
form around dense cores embedded in the molecular cloud.
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