In the constellation of Perseus, a young star is making its debut. Seen in the upper middle of the frame, SSTC2D J033038.2+303212 appears to be shedding a dark jet of material. This jet is actually a bright cloud of matter that swirls around the star as it forms, but because it faces us edge-on, we see only a dim glow behind the dark band of dust.
Below the infant star, the reflection nebula known as [B77] 63 almost appears to be vacuuming up the star’s dark plume. The smoky-looking wisp is actually another nebula known as Dobashi 4173, which is made of dense, dark materials that obscure the light behind it.
The interplay of these deep-space objects creates an eerie tableau of darkness and light, and shows the complex beauty that arises when cosmic phenomena come together.
Image: ESA/Hubble and NASA
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