Image Credit: ESO/Sergey Stepanenko (You can see a larger image here, or a wide-field view here)

In one of the more abstract nebulae, the European Southern Observatory's "Very Large Telescope" captured this incredible image of a distant region of our galaxy. The area in which it resides is home to a number of newborn stars that are so young, most are still wrapped in their proto-star cocoons and will soon emerge from their eternal slumber. Until they do, we must look at them at infrared wavelengths, which will allow us to monitor their progress.

The region, known as NGC 6729, is located about 400 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Corona Australis. Overall, NGC 6729 covers a section of the sky that is equivalent to the width of the full moon. Also pictured here are Herbig–Haro objects -- the "strangely colored glowing arcs and blobs" in the nebula. They are the result of high velocity jets that spew material from the stars' poles.

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