Image Credit: ESO

In a stunning new image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), we run across an intriguing region that appears to be lacking in stars . Called LDN 483 — short for ‘Lynds Dark Nebula 483’ — this region is certainly not what it seems. Rather, it’s a dark nebula in nature, or a region filled with so much dense interstellar dust, it blocks all of the light from embedded stars, giving off the impression that the region is completely empty, when its chock full of stars. 

This image, which was captured using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope, show this region in new light. For starters, we surmised that LDN 483 is indeed forming new stars. In fact, many of the stars in question are the youngest ever found, but are buried so far within the nebula’s interior that virtually no light at all can break through the dark. That, however, has no bearing at all on the stars’ growth, for in a few millions of years, these stellar embryos will become fetuses, and then they will emerge from the dusty womb of their parent molecular cloud once and for all.

 


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