Prawn Nebula Cooks Up Stars

There is something fishy about this deep-space cosmic object.

A powerful telescope in Chile has produced amazing new photos of a giant stellar nursery known as the Prawn Nebula. Shining about 6,000 light-years from Earth, the hub of star birth was imaged by the VLT Survey Telescope at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in what might be the sharpest photo of the cosmic object ever taken, ESO officials said.

The Prawn Nebula is about 250 light-years across and covers an area of sky equivalent to four times that of the full moon, but it is faint. According to ESO officials, most of the light emitted by the celestial sight is in wavelengths not visible to the human eye.

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