Smoke-dark cloud at a distance of 600 light years clearly seen in ESO’s image

Dark cloud in space (Credit: ESO/F. Comeron)

A new best-ever image obtained by using the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory high up in Chile’s Atacama Desert, has shown smoke-black cloud, Lupus 3, in deep space hiding a huge number of stars.

The cloud is present in universe about 600 light years away from Earth in the constellation Scorpious (The Scorpion).

“At first glance, these two features could not be more different, but they are in fact closely linked,” ESO officials said in an image description today (Jan. 16).

Wide view of dark cloud (Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin)

According to the ESO officials, clouds usually blazed up into newborn stars as the denser regions contract under their own gravity and heat up. As the stars grow hotter over time, their stellar winds move away the obstructing gas and they appear as very bright objects similar to those seen in the star cluster near Lupus 3.

“The bright stars right of the center of this new picture form a perfect example of a small group of such hot young stars,” they added. “Some of their brilliant blue light is being scattered off the remaining dust around them.”

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