Image Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

The Orion Nebula and the Carina Nebula are two regions that receive a lot of attention, but there are many other equally beautiful objects that are much lesser known, like NGC 2282 (pictured here). Not much research has been carried out regarding this region, but its size and distance have been determined; it lurks about 5,500 light-years from Earth, and spans approximately 5 light-years across.

Found in the constellation of Monoceros, NGC 2282 is believed to be the site of ongoing star formation activity, perhaps giving life to a few hundred stars. Many of which are somewhere between 5 and 10 million years old, basically newborns. What’s more is that at least 9% are pre main-sequence.

Based on their infrared signature, research indicates that the cluster is situated on the outskirts of a molecular cloud, which may aid in the formation of the reflection nebula this image — taken by Adam Block of the Mount Lemmon Sky Center — brilliantly displays.

Block notes that, “To my knowledge, this is the highest resolution full color image of this nebula that has ever been published.” (You can see a larger image here.)


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