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Anne’s Image of Today: Dark Cloud Lupus 3

6 Aug 2014, 13:41 UTC
Anne’s Image of Today: Dark Cloud Lupus 3
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August 6, 2014 Lupus 3, a dark cloud in Scorpius Image Credit: ESO/F. Comeron Lupus 3 is a dark, star-forming cloud with an associated cluster of brilliant stars, located about 600 light-years from Earth within our Milky Way Galaxy in the southern constellation of Scorpius (the Scorpion). The section shown here is about five light-years [continue reading]

August 6, 2014
Lupus 3, a dark cloud in Scorpius

Image Credit: ESO/F. Comeron
Lupus 3 is a dark, star-forming cloud with an associated cluster of brilliant stars, located about 600 light-years from Earth within our Milky Way Galaxy in the southern constellation of Scorpius (the Scorpion). The section shown here is about five light-years across.
On the left of this image there is a dark column resembling a cloud of smoke. To the right shines the small cluster of brilliant hot young stars. (We likely wouldn’t be able to see such a dark absorption nebula unless it was silhouetted against the much brighter region of space produced by the star cluster, since absorption nebulas do not create their own light.)
At first glance these two features could not be more different, but they are in fact closely linked. The dark cloud contains ...

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