- Ville Puoskari
Stellar nurseries of Auriga
Formed in the interstellar cloud a mere 4 million years ago, bright newly formed star cluster is seen in the center of star-forming nebulosities in this narrowband image of the Tadpole Nebula. Designated as IC410, this dusty region is located around 12 000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Auriga. Near the center of the image two pillars are basking in stellar radiation, likely hiding multiple newborn stars within them. These pillars are around 10 light-years long and are rich in ionized hydrogen and sulphur gas. The entire nebulosity covers more than 100 light-years across and contains more than 4600 young stellar objects - protostars and pre-main-sequence stars.