A distant group of hot, young stars is causing a cloud of hydrogen gas to glow a rosy red 7,300 light-years from Earth in the latest amazing view from a telescope in Chile.
The cloud known as Gum 41, which lies in the constellation Centaurus, stars in a new photo released by the European Southern Observatory on Wednesday. Radiation emitted by the newborn stars near the middle of the image gives the hydrogen a rosy glow, ESO officials said. You can explore the new nebula photo in a video produced by ESO.
A telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured the new photo. The observatory is run by ESO, an intergovernmental astronomy organization supported by 15 countries in Europe and South America.
— Miriam Kramer, Space.com
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First published April 16 2014, 11:35 AM