September 17, 2007

A Closer Orion Nebula...

The Corona Australis region is an area of young star formation that nearly three times as close as the much better-known Orion Nebula. At its core is the luminous Coronet cluster. At only 420 light years away, it better allows observers to get a glimpse into the world of a newborn star.

Source: NASA
Image: NASA/CXC/JPL-Caltech/CfA