Van den Bergh 93

Van den Bergh 93 |  Curtains of gas and dust open dramatically to reveal the inner area of this starforming region. The unceremoniously named bright star SAO 152320 shines with intense light in the center of this field. Clouds of gas glow strongly and dust shrinks quickly under its radiative prowess. This vista lies some 4,000 light years away toward the constellation Monoceros. This is a portion of a much larger nebula called Gum 1.

Image Credit: Bill Uminski and Cyndi Kristopeit/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF