Behold: star-forming region NGC 2014, also known as the Cosmic Reef: bright ridges of interstellar gas and dust bathed in energetic starlight. To wit:
Drifting just off shore, the smaller NGC 2020, is an expansive blue-hued structure erupting from a single central Wolf-Rayet star, 200,000 times brighter than the Sun. The cosmic frame spans some 600 light-years within the Large Magellanic Cloud 160,000 light-years away, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. A magnificent Hubble Space Telescope portrait, the image was released this week as part of a celebration to mark Hubble’s 30th year exploring the Universe from Earth orbit.
Beautiful! I really enjoy these posts, thanks Chompsky.
I have enjoyed a few nights of great star gazing as the tennis club behind my house is closed, so no polluting lights in the evenings. I guess the lockdown is good for something :-)