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This image of the Omega Nebula, captured by ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), is one of the sharpest of this object ever taken from the ground. It shows the dusty, rosy central parts of the famous star-forming region in fine detail. Caption and photo courtesy of the ESO

This beautiful rose-colored nebula can go by many names – the Omega Nebula, the Swan Nebula, the Horseshoe Nebula and even the Lobster Nebula, according to the European Southern Observatory. It shows gas, clouds and forming stars.

It’s located in the constellation of Sagittarius and is about 6,500 light-years away. How amazing is it that this image was taken from the ground? Good job, Very Large Telescope (VLT). (ha! I still get a laugh out of that name.)

Read more about the nebula here.

 

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