On this occasion, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) released the image on Thursday 60th Anniversary of the Institute.
The nebula was imaged earlier this year by ESO’s Very Large Telescope, one of the world’s largest telescopes located in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
Nebulae are places where new stars form. A dense cloud of cosmic dust and gas is an ideal breeding ground for bright new stars, many of which can be seen near the top of the cloud in the image above.
As shown in attached Press releaseThe Cone Nebula owes its shape to the star at its tip, which, during its formation, formed like a column from compressed dust, gas and dust.
At about 2,500 light-years from Earth, the Cone Nebula is relatively close to us, making it easy to observe.
To find the nebula, scientists turned their telescopes toward the Monoceros (Unicorn) constellation between the stars Betelgeuse and Procyon.
The Unicorn constellation is visible in the winter sky from the Northern Hemisphere.
ESO’s Very Large Telescope is one of the largest telescopes in the world.
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