Wide-field view of the Lupus 3 dark cloud and associated hot young stars

This wide-field view shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming along with cluster of brilliant stars that have already burst out of their dusty stellar nursery. This cloud is known as Lupus 3 and it lies about 600 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). It is likely that the Sun formed in a similar star formation region more than four billion years ago. This view was created from images forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2.

Credit:

ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2
Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin

About the Image

Id:eso1303c
Type:Observation
Release date:16 January 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1303
Size:10573 x 10570 px

About the Object

Name:Lupus 3
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark
• X - Nebulae
Distance:600 light years
Constellation:Scorpius

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Coordinates

Position (RA):16 9 36.08
Position (Dec):-39° 2' 59.24"
Field of view:177.67 x 177.62 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.9° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Digitized Sky Survey 2
Optical
R
Digitized Sky Survey 2
Infrared
I
Digitized Sky Survey 2

 

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