Mmmmmmm, lobster. Add a little butter and life is good. Actually, you may need a lot of butter for this lobster.
Lobster nebula, not lobster newburg. But still, life might be good in the vast star forming region (NGC 6357) about 8,000 light years from Earth in the southern constellation Scorpius. The nebula has massive, hot, blue stars that dot the wisps of gas and dust in the stellar nursery, much like the Pleadies cluster visible in the Northern hemisphere.
The image above, released by the European Southern Observatory on Wednesday, was created using infrared data from ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
“Infrared observations can reveal features that cannot be seen in visible light pictures, for example because an object is too cold, obscured by thick dust or is very distant, meaning that its light has been stretched toward the red end of the spectrum by the expansion of the universe,” the ESO wrote in a statement.
The ESO said that images like this one taken by VISTA will help scientists map our galaxy’s structure and explain how it was formed.
Still, it looks like a lot of butter is needed.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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