M78 from the Euclid Space Telescope
Star formation can be messy

A star field filled with complex dark dust and bright
purple nebulas is shown.
Please see the explanation for more detailed information.
Star formation can be messy.

To help find out just how messy,
ESA’s new
Euclid telescope recently captured the most detailed
image ever of the bright star forming region M78.

Near the image center,
M78 lies at a distance of only about 1,300
away and has a main glowing core that spans about 5 light-years.

featured image was taken in both
visible and
infrared light.

The purple tint in
M78’s center is caused by dark
dust preferentially
the blue light of hot, young stars.

Complex dust lanes and filaments can be traced through this
gorgeous and revealing skyscape.

On the upper left is associated star forming region
NGC 2071,
while a third region of star formation is visible on the lower right.

These nebulas are all part of the vast
Orion Molecular Cloud Complex
which can be found with even a small telescope
just north of Orion’s belt.

Source: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap240524.html

M78 from the Euclid Space Telescope