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Newborn Stars Sculpt a Treacherous Celestial Landscape
Every now and then, it’s good to take a moment and share a gorgeous space photo.
The glowing pink tuft in the center of this ESO image is the star-forming region Gum 15, located 3,000 light-years away in the constellation Vela. From afar, the colorful puff appears riven with dark voids that give it an almost organic appearance, like a chunk of tissue covered with dark blood vessels. (That dark fork is actually a thick patch of dust, though.)
Scientists estimate that thousands of stars are born in Gum 15 over the span of a few million years, which is more or less like a cosmic sigh.
Though beautiful, Gum 15 is a violent, blustery place, a stellar nursery shaped by