<p>Dust and gas envelop a cluster of massive stars called Pismis 24 in a new picture of a nebula in the constellation Scorpius. Radiation from the huge stars is carving the nebula into unusual shapes.</p><p>Released April 12, 2010, by the <a id="cbnk" title="European Southern Observatory" href="http://www.eso.org/public/">European Southern Observatory</a>, the visible-light picture offers a new view of Pismis 24, home to stars that are each more than a hundred times as massive as the <a id="wp1y" title="sun" href="http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/sun-article.html">sun</a>.</p>

Scorpion's Stellar Monsters

Dust and gas envelop a cluster of massive stars called Pismis 24 in a new picture of a nebula in the constellation Scorpius. Radiation from the huge stars is carving the nebula into unusual shapes.

Released April 12, 2010, by the European Southern Observatory, the visible-light picture offers a new view of Pismis 24, home to stars that are each more than a hundred times as massive as the sun.

Image courtesy ESO/IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R. Gendler, U.G. Jørgensen, J. Skottfelt, K. Harpsøe

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