A new image of a star-filled nebula 2,500 light-years from Earth

A new image of a star-filled nebula 2,500 light-years from Earth
A new image of a star-filled nebula 2,500 light-years from Earth

A new image of a star-filled nebula 2,500 light-years from Earth

A new image captured by the European Space Observatory’s ESO telescopes shows the dark and beautiful appearance for Sadim It is part of a region called NGC 2264, first discovered by astronomer William Herschel in the late 18th century, a star-forming region in the Milky Way some 2,500 light-years from Earth, making it look like a mythical creature.

The conical nebula’s unique shape is due to huge clouds of cold molecular gas and dust that are known to form new stars.


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This plume formation occurs when newly formed massive light-blue stars release stellar winds and intense ultraviolet radiation that hurl matter away from their surroundings.

This process contributes to the formation of the Dark Cone Nebula, which points away from the brightest stars in NGC 2264, and the image was captured with two instruments on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, the world’s most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory in Chile.

A new image of a star-filled nebula 2,500 light-years from Earth
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Although this particular nebula has been studied previously, the new image presents it in a more dramatic way, and this nebula is found in the sky in the constellation of Monoceros.


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