Image Credit: Troy Tsounis

This celestial game of cat and mouse features an area that is home to several different features, each with a different origin. First, we have M38: an open star cluster. Followed by the the brilliant object known as the Flaming Star nebula. Then we have our featured presentation; an emission nebula that goes by various names (like IC 417 or NGC 1931), but is most memorably referred to as the "Spider and the Fly" (seen here located diagonally from the other).

The pair can be found about 10,000 light-years from Earth in the northern constellation of Auriga. Together, both are comprised mostly of glowing hydrogen gas clouds, which stream into our line of site after newly-concocted stars  awaken from their eternal slumber.for the first time.

The stars are mostly found within the budding cluster. It - in and of itself - lies along the cusp of  a collection of dense interstellar clouds.

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