Panning across the Lupus 3 dark cloud and associated hot young stars

This video pan sequence gives a detailed view of a dark cloud where new stars are forming along with a 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 picture was taken with the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile and is the best visible light image ever taken of this little-known object.


ESO/F. Comeron

About the Video

Release date:16 January 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1303
Duration:56 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Lupus 3
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark



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