|NGC 7380 is a typical starforming region in the direction of an outer spiral arm of our galaxy (around 7,000 light years distant). This field contains many young energetic stars that make the natal gas that surround them glow an intense pink/red. The majority of stars for this newly formed group are out of the field to the upper left. Their winds and radiation sculpt clouds of gas and dust into the mountainous ridges seen here. The darkest parts of this image are foreground clouds of dust thick enough to extinct the light beyond them. Also note the bright star (left of center) that is in a bluish bubble of gas. This may be a Wolf-Rayet star beginning to blow a bubble! Other famous examples of this action include The Bubble Nebula and Thor's Helmut.|
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.|
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