Young star lights up reflection nebula IC 2631

A newly formed star lights up the surrounding cosmic clouds in this image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Dust particles in the vast clouds that surround the star HD 97300 diffuse its light, like a car headlight in enveloping fog, and create the reflection nebula IC 2631. Although HD 97300 is in the spotlight for now, the very dust that makes it so hard to miss heralds the birth of additional, potentially scene-stealing, future stars.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1605a
Type:Observation
Release date:10 February 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1605
Size:9788 x 9048 px

About the Object

Name:IC 2631
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection
Constellation:Chamaeleon
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 9 52.23
Position (Dec):-76° 35' 38.73"
Field of view:38.84 x 35.90 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° left of vertical

 

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