MessageToEagle.com - Deep in the Milky Way in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion) lies NGC 6357, a region of space where new
stars are being born in of chaotic clouds of gas and dust.
ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has taken the most detailed image so far of a spectacular part of the stellar nursery
called NGC 6357.
The view shows many hot young stars, glowing clouds of gas and weird dust formations sculpted by
ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds.
The outer parts of this vast nebula have now been imaged by ESO’s Very Large Telescope, producing the best picture
of this region taken so far.
The new picture shows a broad river of dust across the centre that absorbs the light from more distant objects.
To the right there is a small cluster of brilliant blue-white young stars that have formed from the gas.
These are probably only a few million years old, very young by stellar standards.
The intense ultraviolet radiation streaming out from these stars is hollowing out a cavity in the surrounding gas
and dust and sculpting it in strange ways.
The whole image is covered with dark trails of cosmic dust, but some of the most fascinating dark features appear
at the lower right and on the right hand edge of the picture.
Here the radiation from the bright young stars has
created curious elephant trunk columns, similar to the famous “pillars of creation” in the Eagle Nebula.
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Close-up view of NGC 6357
ESO’s Very Large Telescope has taken the most detailed image so far of a spectacular part of the stellar nursery called the War and Peace Nebula (NGC 6357).
The view shows many hot young stars, glowing clouds of gas and weird dust formations sculpted by ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds. Credit: ESO
Cosmic dust is much finer than the more familiar domestic variety. It more closely resembles smoke and consists mostly
of tiny particles of silicates, graphite, and water ice that were produced and expelled into space by earlier generations of stars.
The bright central part of NGC 6357 contains a cluster of high-mass stars whose inhabitants are among the brightest in
This inner region, not seen in this new picture, has been much studied and imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble
Space Telescope. But this new picture shows that even the less well known outer parts of this nursery contain
fascinating structures that can be revealed by the power of the VLT.
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