Gum 15

Date:17 September 2014 Tags:, , , , , ,

This little-known cloud of cosmic gas and dust, known as Gum 15 and located in the constellation of Vela (“The Sails”), some 3 000 light-years from Earth, is the birthplace and home of hot young stars. Beautiful and deadly, these stars mould the appearance of the nebula from which they formed and, as they progress into adulthood, will eventually also destroy it.

Image credit: ESO/Digitised Sky Survey; Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin

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