This incredible image, captured by Adam Block (from the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter and the University of Arizona), was taken of SH2-64; the home of a stellar nursery found more than 1,000 light-years from Earth (in the Aquila constellation).
The region, which spans an impressive 25 light-years across, is quite diverse. It has many different nebulae wrapped up in one. We have dark nebulae (called Gould’s Belt); reflection nebulae and a few emission nebulae; all powered by the immensely huge stars forming within them.
Once the protostars emerge from their slumber, they will continue to shape this star-forming region until it is no longer recognizable.
See a larger image here.
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