A cosmic cloud some 2700 light-years away has caught the attention of astronomers at the Herschel space observatory. At the heart of this mass lights flash and ripple outward from bubbles of ionized hydrogen. The superheated gases are linked to newborn stars clustered together at the center of the spectacular sight. [See more space clouds.]
(Image: © ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/HOBYS Key Programme consortium)
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