The Lupus 3 dark cloud and associated hot young stars

This evocative image shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming along with a cluster of brilliant stars that have already emerged from their dusty stellar nursery. This cloud is known as Lupus 3 and it lies about 600 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). It is likely that the Sun formed in a similar star formation region more than four billion years ago. This picture was taken with the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile and is the best image ever taken of this little-known object.

Credit:

ESO/F. Comeron

About the Image

Id:
ann16021a
Type:
Observation
Release date:
4 May 2016, 12:00
Related announcements:
ann16021
Size:
8828 x 8607 px

About the Object

Type:
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark
Distance:
600 light years

Category:
Press Release Images


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