Image of the Day: Dazzling new distant star emergence

Witness the lovely luminescence of the newly hatched star HD 97300 as it illuminates the surrounding cosmic clouds in a foggy blue glow.  This captivating new image was snapped from the 2.2-meter telescope at the European Southern Observatory's La Silla Observatory in Chile.  Dust particles in the interstellar clouds diffuse its heralding light to create the reflection nebula IC 2631.  Located in the Chamaeleon Complex approximately 500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Chamaeleon, IC 2631 is the brightest nebula in the area, a vast, turbulent region of gas and dust clouds that acts as an incubator for numerous newborn and still-forming stars.

Have a look and welcome this bright young star into the cosmic family!


(Via ESO)

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