Inside the Carina Nebula: Cropped from original 465 mb tif image. A towering “mountain” of cold hydrogen gas laced with dust is the site of new star formation in the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372). The great gas pillar is being eroded by the ultraviolet radiati
Small Magellanic Cloud. This Small Magellic Cloud is considered as a dwarf irregular galaxy. It has a diameter of about 7,000 light-years and contains several hundred million stars. This cloud is very small compared to the Milky Way, our 100,000 light years galaxy.
This interstellar beast, known as the Fox Fur Nebula, is formed of cosmic dust & gas interacting with the energetic light and winds from hot young stars. (Photo: Jean-Charles Cuillandre & Giovanni Anselmi)