Image credit: S. Willis (CfA+ISU); ESA/Herschel; NASA/JPL-Caltech/ Spitzer; CTIO/NOAO/AURA/NSF

In today's segment of FQtQ's "APotD," we explore a distant celestial region that is located more than 5,500 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius.

This particular region, known as NGC 6334 (more casually known as the Cat's Paw Nebula), is seen in false-color. The greenish hues represent the IRAC 8 micron data, while the blue represents data collected using  NOAO 's 'Extremely Wide-Field Infrared Imager' [NEWFIRM]. The red is representative of the data collected of the region at far-infrared wavelengths by the Herschel Space Telescope.

As you can deduce, the interstellar medium surrounding NGC 6334 is quite busy (not to mention large; it spans over an area roughly 70 light-years across). Because of the influx of  on-going star formation activity, this area is classified as a 'starburst region.' Current estimates say that the material found within the region is generating a whole host of stars, with all of them weighing in at a combined 3,600 solar masses.

See a larger image here.


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