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Stars and nebulae in Ophiuchus & Scorpius

Stars and nebulae in Ophiuchus & Scorpius

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Stars and nebulae in Ophiuchus & Scorpius

Nebulae. Optical image of stars in clouds of interstellar gas & dust (nebulae) in the constell- ations of Scorpius & Ophiuchus. At lower left is the Pipe dark nebula which is comprised of several smaller nebulae. At upper right is the Rho Ophiuchi nebula complex which is comprised of dark nebulae, reflection nebulae (blue) and emission nebulae (red). The bright, red star in this complex is Antares. Nebulae are interstellar clouds of dust and gas. Dark nebulae block the light from the stars behind them. Reflection nebulae reflect the light of nearby stars. Emission nebulae are excited into fluorescence by ultraviolet light from a nearby hot star

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Antares Cosmology Dark Nebula Evolution Nebula Pipe Reflection Nebula Star Birth Stellar Formation

This print showcases the mesmerizing beauty of stars and nebulae in the constellations of Ophiuchus and Scorpius. The image captures a stunning array of interstellar gas and dust, forming intricate patterns against the backdrop of deep space. At the lower left corner, we are presented with the enigmatic Pipe dark nebula, composed of several smaller nebulae. These dark clouds obstruct our view of the stars behind them, creating an air of mystery and intrigue. Moving towards the upper right side, we encounter the Rho Ophiuchi nebula complex. Here, a combination of dark nebulae, reflection nebulae (displaying a striking blue hue), and emission nebulae (radiating a vibrant red color) come together to form an awe-inspiring spectacle. Standing out amidst this cosmic tapestry is Antares - a brilliant red star that adds to the allure of this celestial masterpiece. Nebulae serve as interstellar nurseries where new stars are born and stellar formations take place. Dark nebulae act as veils while reflection nebulae mirror nearby starlight. Emission nebulae glow fluorescently due to ultraviolet radiation emitted by hot neighboring stars. This extraordinary photograph not only celebrates science but also invites us to contemplate our place in the vastness of space. It serves as a reminder that within these ethereal clouds lie countless wonders waiting to be discovered and understood through astronomy's lens.

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