September 28, 2012
This image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory shows part of a stellar nursery nicknamed the Seagull Nebula. This cloud of gas, known as Sh 2-292, RCW 2 and Gum 1, seems to form the head of the seagull and glows brightly due to the energetic radiation from a very hot young star lurking at its heart. The detailed view was produced by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope.
Topics: MPG/ESO telescope, Astronomy, European Southern Observatory, Gum catalog, Sagittarius constellation, RCW Catalogue, Nebula, NGC objects, La Silla Observatory, Science, Astronomical catalogues, Space